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.
Procedure for disposal of hazardous wastes
licensed Waste Carrier should be used to convey the goods to the Landfill at
the Ministry, which need to be filled in 6 copies.
landfill operator shall be contacted on 633 5353 to obtain the wasted
identification number and the quotation for the disposal of the wastes at the
the quotation has been obtained, the waste generator shall initiate action
regarding transportation of the waste by a licenced waste carrier.
to transportation, the waste generator is requested to ensure that the wastes
are properly stored so as minimize health and environmental hazards.