​The Solid Waste Management Division​​

Hazardous Waste Management

Hazardous 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), amongst others.

As 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. 

Mauritius 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.

With 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 facilities.

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 to:-

  1. Make an inventory of the hazardous wastes they generate as per the Regulations;
  2. Report on the above inventory on a quarterly basis to the enforcing agency;
  3. Seek 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;
  4. Classify, pack and label their hazardous waste as prescribed in the Regulations; and
  5. Fill in consignment notes confirming the hazardous wastes generated leave their premises for disposal.

Procedure for disposal of hazardous wastes​​​

  1. A licensed Waste Carrier should be used to convey the goods to the Landfill at the Ministry, which need to be filled in 6 copies.
  2. The 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 landfill.
  3. Once the quotation has been obtained, the waste generator shall initiate action regarding transportation of the waste by a licenced waste carrier.
  4. Prior to transportation, the waste generator is requested to ensure that the wastes are properly stored so as minimize health and environmental hazards.​

​​​The Solid Waste Management Division​
Senior Staff
Solid Waste Management In Mauritius​
Legal Framework for Waste management in Mauritius​
Hazardous Waste Management
E-waste Management
Condemned Goods​
Wastes Disposal sites in Mauritius​​​ -​Transfer stations and landfill.​​
List of Registered Recyclers​
List of Scavenging Contractors
Award of contracts​
Procurement plan for 2018- 2019​
Events (coming Up)
FAQs​​​ ​​