Current Phosphorus Concentration Regulations include a concentration limit of 2.2% for laundry detergents. The regulations have been amended to include other detergents and cleaners, and lower the limits on permissible phosphorus concentrations. Specifically:

  • Lower the phosphorus concentration limit for household laundry detergents from 2.2% to 0.5%.
  • Clarify that a phosphorus concentration limit of 2.2% still applies to commercial and industrial laundry detergents.
  • Introduce a phosphorus concentration limit for household dish-washing compounds of 0.5% (including hand dish-washing soap and automatic dish-washing detergent).
  • Introduce a phosphorus concentration limit for household cleaners of 0.5%.

The Amendments will come into force on July 1, 2010.

Enforcement measures will include warnings, environmental protection compliance orders, or injunctions. The policy also explains when Environment Canada will resort to civil suits by the Crown for costs recovery.

Information on this and other recent developments can be obtained from our senior consultants.