Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Waste
Laws, conventions and regulations on the transboundary movement of hazardous waste aim to protect human health and the environment by restricting the import, export and transit of hazardous waste.
Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Waste
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What is the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Waste?
The transboundary movement of hazardous waste refers to the transportation of hazardous waste by way of importing or exporting between countries. Hazardous waste is essentially waste that contains dangerous properties that make it harmful to human health or the environment (for example waste that is explosive, flammable, toxic, etc.).
Requirements on the transboundary movement of hazardous waste mainly stem from the UN Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal of 1989.
This defines and classifies hazardous waste, introduces a global regulatory control regime for the shipment of hazardous waste and other wastes, and establishes worldwide notification requirements for the movement of hazardous waste.
These requirements aim to:
- Minimize hazardous waste generation
- Control and reduce the international movement of hazardous waste
- Ensure that waste disposal and recovery are conducted in an environmentally sound manner as close as possible to the source
- Prevent and punish illegal traffic or trade of hazardous waste
Hazardous waste is essentially waste that contains dangerous properties that make it harmful to human health or the environment (for example waste that is explosive, flammable, toxic, etc.).
The primary aims of these requirements are:
- Protecting Human Health
- Protecting The Environment
Hazardous Waste Transportation Requirements
- A prior notification procedure for the proposed shipment
- General information requirements
- Waste movement documentation
- Prior consent approval in the country of import or transit
- Marking and labeling of the waste
- Packaging of waste
- Import/export waste permits and licensing
- Proper waste disposal or recovery
Comply With The Basel Convention
Our Regulatory Coverage for The Transport of Hazardous Waste
Our regulatory content in C2P is historically comprehensive with a robust QA process to ensure quality, consistency and accuracy. Below is a high level summary of our coverage for this topic:
European Union Regulations on Waste Transportation & Shipments
- European Union (EU): Waste Shipments Regulation, (EC) 1013/2006
- Bosnia and Herzegovina Federation: Financial Guarantees for Transboundary Movement of Waste, Regulation, June 2005
- Switzerland: Transportation of Waste, Ordinance, June 2005
China Hazardous Waste Importation Requirements
- China: Imported Solid Waste Catalogue, Notice No. 80, 2014
Japan Hazardous Waste Regulations
- Japan: Import and Export of Hazardous Waste and Other Wastes, Law No. 108, 1992
Rest of the World Hazardous Waste Regulations
- Brazil: Approving Basel Convention on Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes, Decree 875, 1993
- Africa: Bamako Convention on the Ban of the Import into Africa and the Control of Transboundary Movement and Management of Hazardous Wastes within Africa, 1991
- Argentina: Adoption of Basel Convention on Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes, Law 23.922, 1991
- Australia: Export and Import of Hazardous Waste Regulations, SR 1996 No. 2
- Costa Rica: Regulation on Integrated Waste Management, Decree No. 37567-S-MINAET-H, 2012
- Hong Kong (China): Waste Disposal Ordinance No. 8, Chapter 354, 1980
- OECD: Control of Transboundary Movements of Waste Destined for Recovery Operations, Council Decision C(2001)107/Final
- Pacific Islands: Ban on Importation of Hazardous and Radioactive Wastes and Control of Transboundary Movement and Management of Hazardous Wastes, Waigani Convention, 1995
- Russian Federation: Transboundary Movement of Waste, Government Resolution No. 442/2003
- Saudi Arabia: Management of Hazardous Wastes Regulation, 1423/2001
- Turkey: Control of Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Waste, Draft Regulation, November 2016
- UN: Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal, 1989
- UN: Basel Convention Instruction Manual on the Prosecution of Illegal Traffic of Hazardous Wastes or Other Wastes, Guidance Document, October 2011
- Venezuela: Approving Basel Convention on Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes, Act, 1998
Import and Export Regulations on Hazardous Waste
- United States (US): Export and Import of Hazardous Waste, Final Rule, 2009
Why Compliance & Risks?
- Effectively Meet Global Requirements
- Maintain Compliance
- Keep Track on Proposed Regulations
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