The Solid Waste Management Division
Hazardous Waste Management
wastes are defined under the Environment Protection Act and listed under the
Environment Protection (Standards for Hazardous Wastes) Regulations 2001. Hazardous wastes are wastes that have the
potential to cause harm or damage to human health and the environment due to
their hazardous properties. They
include laboratory and industrial chemical wastes (acids, alkalis, heavy
metals, spent organic solvents, organic sludges), paint wastes, used batteries,
asbestos wastes, waste oils, obsolete pesticides, pharmaceutical wastes, gas
cylinders and waste aerosols, electrical and electronic wastes (e-wastes),
compared to solid wastes, where an average of 450,000 tonnes are generated
annually and disposed of at the Mare Chicose landfill, it is estimated that an
average of 17,000 tonnes of hazardous wastes are generated annually out of
which around 10% comprising laboratory and industrial chemical wastes, paint
wastes, obsolete pesticides, pharmaceutical wastes, gas cylinders and waste
aerosols, cannot be disposed of locally.
being Party to both Basel and Bamako
Conventions since 1992, global and regional treaties dealing with
hazardous wastes, has to ensure that it takes all practicable steps so that
hazardous wastes generated on the island are managed in a manner which will
protect human health and the environment against the adverse effects which may
result from such wastes.
a view to ensuring compliance to our international obligations and also in its
capacity as enforcing agency for hazardous wastes, an interim hazardous waste
storage facility at La Chaumière has been set up and is operational since April
2017. Hazardous wastes that cannot be treated and disposed on the island are
tested, collected, sorted, pre-treated (if possible), regrouped, re-packaged,
labeled, stored and exported to licensed recovery/treatment/ disposal
of Hazardous Wastes
The Ministry is the Enforcing Agency
for hazardous wastes as per the Environment Protection (Standards for hazardous
wastes) Regulations 2001.
The Environment Protection (Standards for hazardous wastes)
Regulations 2001 make provision, among others, for hazardous waste generators
- Make an inventory of the hazardous wastes they
generate as per the Regulations;
- Report on the above inventory on a quarterly
basis to the enforcing agency;
approval from the Ministry for the use of any store, warehouse or other
premises for the storage of a container or package containing hazardous wastes
within the premises;
- Classify, pack and label their hazardous
waste as prescribed in the Regulations; and
- Fill in consignment notes confirming the
hazardous wastes generated leave their premises for disposal.
PROCEDURES FOR DISPOSAL OF ASBESTOS WASTES AT THE MARE CHICOSE LANDFILL
An official request must be made to the Solid Waste Management Division,
Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Environment and
Sustainable Development, 10th Floor, Emmanuel Anquetil Building, Corner SSR
& Jules Koenig Streets, Port Louis (Fax No.: 230 213 0654) for the disposal
of asbestos wastes at the Mare Chicose landfill, specifying the weight to be disposed
The Solid Waste Management Division will examine the request and give its
approval in writing for the disposal of the asbestos wastes at the Mare Chicose
landfill and provide consignment notes to be filled by the generator of the
asbestos wastes, carrier and operator of the disposal site. The completed
consignment notes need to be returned to the Solid Waste Management Division.
Payment of a fee of Rs 850 per tonne of asbestos wastes should be effected,
either by an office cheque in favour of the Government of Mauritius or paid by
cash to the Finance Section of the Ministry of Social Security, National
Solidarity and Environment and Sustainable Development (Environment and
Sustainable Development Division) (Level 12, Ken Lee Tower, Barracks Street,
Port Louis) prior to effecting the disposal of the asbestos wastes at the
Once payment has been made, disposal of the asbestos wastes may be effected at
the Mare Chicose landfill. The Landfill Operator (Tel: 633 6293) should be
given prior notice of at least 48 hours to the exact date of disposal in order
to plan the on-site arrangements for disposing of the asbestos wastes.
If the asbestos wastes are in the form of sheets and wools/laggings, they
should be packaged in polyethene sheets of minimum thickness 0.23 mm. An
overlapping of at least 30 cm shall be ensured between any two wrapping sheets.
The plastic wrapping sheets shall be firmly sealed with an appropriate adhesive
tape to prevent the escape of airborne fibres during handling, transportation
Other crumbled debris and wools of small size containing asbestos shall be
collected and placed in thick plastic bags which shall be sealed with an
appropriate adhesive tape to prevent the escape of airborne fibres during
handling, transportation and disposal.
waste carrier shall be used to convey the asbestos wastes to the landfill.
The asbestos wastes shall be stacked in a lorry of such bin capacity that is
not more than ¾ full and transported to the Mare Chicose Landfill.
Upon reception at the landfill, the consignment of asbestos wastes will be
inspected to ensure that it has been properly lagged or that there has been no
damage/puncture to the lagging during handling and transportation.
At the tipping platform, end tipping of asbestos wastes is not allowed. The
consignment has to be unloaded by hand into the bucket of the loader at the
All persons involved in the packaging, handling, transportation and disposal of
the asbestos wastes should wear appropriate personal protective equipment.