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Status of Ratification/Accession/Acceptance/Approval:

23.07.1999 (a)

Acceptance of the Amendment to the Basel Convention:


Competent Authority

Focal Point

Ministeri d’Agricultura i Medi Ambient
Carrer Prat de la Creu, 62-64

Andorra la Vella

tel: (376) 875-707

fax: (376)869-833


Same as the Competent Authority

National Definition

There is no definition of waste specifically related to the transboundary movements of waste. However, the following points can be highlighted:

  1. The current definition of solid waste

The legislation that provides a definition of waste is the Law on Solid Wastes of the 31/07/1985, which defines solid waste in a somehow tautological way. Article 3 defines solid waste as “those (wastes) resulting from public, industrial, commercial or agricultural activities, and which are not in gaseous or liquid form.” Definition is followed by a non-exhaustive and a broad list of substances that covers urban solid wastes, industrial wastes and agricultural wastes.

  1. The direct integration of international treaties in the national legislative framework

According to article 3.3 of the Constitution, “treaties and international agreements take effect in the legal system from the moment of their publication in the Butlletí Oficial del Principat d’Andorra and cannot be amended or repealed by the law.” Therefore, it means that, in the absence of a definition covering all types of wastes, the definition in the Basel Convention is in force in Andorra.

  1. The draft Law on Wastes (Will be in force in 2002)

The Department of the Environment is currently finalizing the draft of the future Law on Waste, which will be a framework law defining the legal regime of wastes in Andorra. As currently drafted, it defines Waste as “ any substance or object whose possessor abandons, has the intention to abandon, or has the obligation to abandon. In any case, due account will be taken of those wastes that are included in the European Catalogue of Wastes and in the Annex I of the Basel Convention.”
d) the Agreement between Andorra and Spain concerning the transboundary movements of wastes

Article 2 defines which wastes are subject to the agreement and these wastes are: Wastes included in Annex II of the European Council Regulation 259/93/CEE, of 01/02/1993 amended by the Decision of the European Commission 98/368/CEE, dated 18/05/1998; Wastes included in Annex III of the European Council Regulation 259/93/CEE, of 01/02/1993 amended by the Decision of the European Commission 98/368/CEE, dated 18/05/1998; Expired and non-expired medicines; Construction wastes; Frigidaires; and Killed animals for sanitary reasons or dead by natural causes.

Article 3 states that, on the Spanish side, all imports of waste will be realized in complete conformity with the European Union rules defined in the Regulation 259/93/CEE.
The 1985 Law on Waste does not define hazardous waste at all, and less for the purpose of transboundary movements of waste, which are not regulated. However, the draft bill defines hazardous waste in its article 4 as “Wastes that have been qualified as such by international and/or European norms, and always in conformity with the Annex I of the Basel Convention”. It should be noted that the definition of hazardous waste of the Basel Convention is in force in Andorra.
Andorra does not possess yet a detailed regulation regarding hazardous wastes, whether those are included in the Basel Regime or not. Nonetheless, in coordination with the International Atomic Energy Agency and European authorities that control thoroughly the movements of nuclear substances, Andorra has a practical system of control of imports and exports of nuclear substances. There is also a system of registration and control, for the purposes of commerce, of the quantities of chemical products that enter and leave the country.
Wastes resulting from the construction activities require special consideration when subjected to transboundary movement.

Restrictions on Transboundary Movement

Amendment to the Basel Convention

Andorra has accepted the amendment to the Basel Convention (Decision III/1).

Restrictions on export for final disposal

Andorra has no restrictions on the export of hazardous wastes and other wastes for final disposal.

There is no legislation restricting the export of hazardous wastes and other wastes for final disposal, although the provisions of the Basel Convention are effective, and therefore Andorra is bounded by the principles defined in the treaty. Moreover, once adopted, the future law on wastes will incorporate the philosophy and standards of the Convention. It means that the export of hazardous wastes and other wastes will only be conducted whenever Andorra has not the capacity to dispose them in an ecologically sound way.

Restriction on export for recovery

Andorra has no restrictions on the export of hazardous wastes and other wastes for recovery.

Given the size and the resources of the Principality of Andorra, the authorities will not be able to possess, according to reasonable criteria, the means to treat and recover all the hazardous wastes and other wastes the country generates. Therefore, and basing its exports on the principles of the Basel Convention (proximity, ecological sound management, reduction), Andorra will probably not restrict the export of wastes that it cannot treat or recover itself.

Restrictions on import for final disposal and for recovery

Andorra restricts the import of hazardous wastes and other wastes for final disposal and for recovery. The relevant legislation is the article 24.2 of the future law on wastes. In the draft law, so far, there is no differentiation of wastes for recovery and wastes for final disposal. If no changes are made in the draft law, the import of any kinds of waste will be prohibited in Andorra. This restriction covers all countries.

Restrictions on transit

Andorra restricts the transit of hazardous wastes and other wastes. Nevertheless, there is no specific legislation.

Reduction and/or Elimination of Hazardous Waste Generation

National strategies/policies

The National Waste Plan (2000), which came into force in 2001, defines the government policy in the field of solid wastes. A very precise diagnostic has been done, and on that basis, recovery objectives have been fixed. The plan also foresees all the basic and essential facilities that must exist in the country. The National Waste Plan must be reviewed every 5 years.

Legislation, regulations and guidelines

Andorra is currently drafting the Solid Waste Law, which will create a system that works with authorized managers, and which includes the liability for the generator of wastes.

Disposal/ Recovery Facilities

Disposal facilities

Landfill of Juberri; Landfill of Maià; Landfill of Encodina; Landfill of Tunels de la Massana; and Incineration Plant of the Comella.

Recovery/recycling/re-use facilities

Centre d’emmagatzematge de la Comella, centre to accumulate material before being exported to other countries for recycling (R3).

Bilateral, Multilateral or Regional Agreements

Bilateral agreement with Spain, effective from 27 January 2000 to 27 January 2004.

Technical Assistance and Training Available

Department of environment, same address as the Competent Authority.

Basel Convention

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