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Data on the Generation and Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Other wastes in 2002 (as reported)

Quantities

(in metric tons)

Generation


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




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



Total amount of hazardous wastes generated

Not reported

Amount of other wastes generated (Annex II: Y46-Y47)
Not reported

Export


Amount of hazardous wastes exported
Not reported

Amount of other wastes exported
Not reported

Import


Amount of hazardous wastes imported
Not reported

Amount of other wastes imported
Not reported



Basel Convention 2002
Country Fact Sheet 2003


Trinidad and Tobago



Status of Ratifications:




Party to the Basel Convention:

18.02.1994 (a)

Amendment to the Basel Convention:

12.01.2000

Basel protocol on Liability and Compensation:
-

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




Competent Authority






Focal Point


Environmental Management Authority (EMA)

8 Elizabeth Street

St. Clair

Port of Spain

Trinidad and Tobago

Telephone: (1 868) 624 80 42 or 628 80 44

Telefax: (1 868) 628 91 22

E-Mail: ema@ema.co.tt

Website:


Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Public Utilities and the Environment, Sacred Heart Building

16-18 Sackville Street, Port of Spain

Trinidad and Tobago

Telephone: (1 868) 625 60 83

Telefax: (1 868) 625 70 03

E-Mail: environment@tstt.net.tt

Website :






National Definition

National definition of waste used for the purpose of transboundary movements of waste exists in Trinidad and Tobago.

Waste includes any material discarded or intended to be discarded which

1) constitutes garbage, refuse, sludge, or other solid, liquid, semi-solid or gaseous material resulting from any residential, community, commercial, industrial, manufacturing, mining, petroleum or natural gas exploration, extraction or processing, agricultural, healthcare, or scientific research activities; or 2) is otherwise identified by the Authority as a waste under Section 55.Ref. Source: Environmental Management Act 2000 Part 1.
The national definition of hazardous waste to be used for the purpose of transboundary movements of waste is being prepared.

Draft Waste Management Rules are being prepared by the competent authority, that is the Environmental Management Authority.


Trinidad and Tobago is in preparatory process of identifying wastes other than those pursuant to in Art. 1 (1)a and/or Art. 1 (1)b of the Basel Convention that require special consideration when subjected to transboundary movement.




Restrictions on Transboundary Movement

Amendment to the Basel Convention

The amendment to the Basel Convention (Decision III/1) has been implemented in Trinidad and Tobago.







Restrictions on export for final disposal and for recovery

Trinidad and Tobago has no restrictions on the export of hazardous wastes and other wastes for final disposal and for recovery.


There are no legal restrictions on the exportation of hazardous waste.





Restrictions on import for final disposal

Trinidad and Tobago restricts the import of hazardous wastes and other wastes for final disposal.


Although there is no legal instrument restricting the importation of hazardous waste, the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago does not allow the importation of hazardous waste.
The legal framework is in preparation.





Restrictions on import for recovery

Trinidad and Tobago restricts the import of hazardous wastes and other wastes for recovery.


Although there is no legal instrument restricting the importation of hazardous waste, the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago regulates importation for recovery.
The legal framework is in preparation.





Restrictions on transit

Trinidad and Tobago has no restrictions on the transit of hazardous wastes and other wastes.


Legislation in preparation.




Reduction and/or Elimination of Hazardous Waste Generation


National strategies/policies

Only for domestic solid waste.



Legislation, regulations and guidelines

Legislation in preparation.


Economic instruments/ initiatives

Economic instruments in preparation.







Measures taken by industries/waste generators

Individual companies have used their own in house practices to reduce/minimize the waste.





Transboundary Movement Reduction Measures

National strategies/policies

No national program.







Disposal/

Recovery Facilities

Disposal facilities

No official hazardous waste facility, but hazardous wastes were received at country’s three landfills sites; Landfill; D1


Further information could be obtained from: Solid Waste Management Company, Waste Disposal Limited.





Recovery/recycling/re-use facilities

No facilities available.


Scavenging done at landfills to recover some materials such as scrap metal e.g. lead and copper.




Bilateral, Multilateral or Regional Agreements

No agreements.






Technical Assistance and Training Available

  • CARIRI

  • U.W.I

  • E.M.A.

  • Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Control Board

  • SWMCOL

A complete list could be obtained from the Focal Point.




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