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Data on the Generation and Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Other wastes in 2003 (as reported)

Quantities

(in metric tons)

Generation


Amount of hazardous wastes generated under Art. 1(1)a (Annex I: Y1-Y45) of BC

No data

Amount of hazardous wastes generated under Art. 1(1)b of BC



Total amount of hazardous wastes generated

No data

Amount of other wastes generated (Annex II: Y46-Y47)

4,211,290 1)

Export


Amount of hazardous wastes exported

119,198

Amount of other wastes exported

21,300 2)

Import


Amount of hazardous wastes imported

146,256

Amount of other wastes imported

42,422

1) Figure refers to Y46. There is no data on Y47 generation.

2) In addition, 4,232 metric tons of municipal wastes were exported to Finland for D1 operation.

Basel Convention 2002
Country Fact Sheet 2002


Switzerland



Status of Ratifications:




Party to the Basel Convention:

31.01.1990

Amendment to the Basel Convention:

07.11.2002 (A)

Basel protocol on Liability and Compensation:
-

(Accession (a); Acceptance (A); Approval (AA); Formal confirmation (c); Ratification; Succession (d))




Competent Authority






Focal Point


Waste Management and Raw Materials Division

Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), CH-3003 Bern

Switzerland

Telephone: +41 31 322 93 27

Telefax: +41 31 322 59 32

E-Mail: waste.competentauthority@bafu.admin.ch

Website: www.umwelt-schweiz.ch


International Affairs Division

Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN),


CH-3003 Bern

Switzerland

Telephone: +41 31 322 93 86

Telefax: +41 31 323 03 49

E-Mail:

waste.focalpoint@bafu.admin.ch



Website: www.umwelt-schweiz.ch




National Definition

National definition of “waste”:

"Wastes mean all moveable materials of which the owner gets rid of or disposal of which is necessary in the public interest."

(Federal Law relating to the Protection of the Environment; Art. 7 Para 6 / dated 7 October 1983 state30 December 2003).


National definition of “special waste”:

"Special wastes: Wastes, whose environmentally sound disposal also inland requests specific comprehensive technical and organizational measures, basing on the composition, the physico-chemical or biological properties of the waste” (Federal Ordinance on Movements of Wastes, Art. 2 Para 2 / dated 22 June 2005).


National definition of “other wastes under control”:

" Other wastes under control: Wastes, whose environmentally sound disposal also inland requests limited comprehensive technical and organizational measures, basing on the composition, the physico-chemical or biological properties of the waste” (Federal Ordinance on Movements of Wastes, Art. 2 Para 2 / dated 22 June 2005).

The following wastes must be notified prior to transboundary movements (export/import/transit):

- Hazardous wastes as per Article 1.1a Basel Convention

- Wastes as per Article 1.1b Basel Convention

- Wastes on Annex II of the Basel Convention

- Wastes on Annex VIII of the Basel Convention

- Special wastes (nationally defined)

-. Other wastes under control (nationally defined)

- Wastes on the amber list of the OECD Decision C(2001)107 concerning the revision of Decision C(92)39/FINAL on the control of transboundary movements of wastes destined for recovery operations (2001).


The wastes whose transboundary movements must be notified are listed in:

- Basel Convention

Annex I together with Annex III

Annex II


Annex VIII

- Federal Ordinance on list for movements of wastes (dated 22 June 2005). Available in French, German and Italian language

- Wastes on the amber list of the OECD Decision C(2001)107 concerning the revision of Decision C(92)39/FINAL on the control of transboundary movements of wastes destined for recovery operations (2001).




Restrictions on Transboundary Movement

Amendment to the Basel Convention

The amendment to the Basel Convention (Decision III/1) is implemented in Switzerland.







Restrictions on export for final disposal and for recovery

The export of the following wastes to non Annex VII countries of the Basel Convention is prohibited:

- For final disposal (Annex IVA operations of the Basel Convention):

-> All wastes


- For recycling (Annex IVB operations of the Basel Convention):

-> Hazardous wastes as per Article 1.1a Basel Convention

-> Wastes as per Article 1.1b Basel Convention

-> Wastes on Annex II of the Basel Convention

-> Wastes on Annex VIII of the Basel Convention

-> Special wastes (nationally defined)

-> Other wastes under control (nationally defined)

-> Wastes on the amber list of the OECD Decision C(2001)107 concerning the revision of Decision C(92)39/FINAL on the control of transboundary movements of wastes destined for recovery operations (2001).








Restrictions on import for final disposal and for recovery

Switzerland has no restrictions for the import of hazardous wastes and other wastes for final disposal and for recovery.

Basel Convention is applied.

-> Imports need notification and consent.







Restrictions on transit

Switzerland has no restrictions for the transit of hazardous wastes and other wastes.


Basel Convention is applied.

-> Transits need notification and consent.







Transboundary Movement Reduction Measures

National strategies/policies

Strict export control.



Principle of autonomy is applied respecting the national situation and legislation.




Disposal/

Recovery Facilities

Information could be obtained from the Competent Authority.




Bilateral, Multilateral or Regional Agreements

- Multilateral agreement: OECD Decision C(2001)107 concerning the revision of Decision C(92)39/FINAL on the control of transboundary movements of wastes destined for recovery operations (2001).





Technical Assistance and Training Available

Information can be obtained from the Focal point or Competent Authority.


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