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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




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)

No data

Export


Amount of hazardous wastes exported

Pending clarification

Amount of other wastes exported

0

Import


Amount of hazardous wastes imported

0

Amount of other wastes imported

0


Basel Convention 2002
Country Fact Sheet 2003


Uganda



Status of Ratifications:




Party to the Basel Convention:

11.03.1999 (a)

Amendment to the Basel Convention:

-

Basel protocol on Liability and Compensation:
-

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




Competent Authority






Focal Point


Executive Director

National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)

Plot 17/19/21 Jinja Road

P.O. Box 22255, Kampala

Uganda

Telephone: (256 41) 25 02 10 or 25 10 64/5/8



Telefax: (256 41) 25 75 21 or 23 26 80

E-Mail: info@nemaug.org

Website:








National Definition

National definition of waste used for the purpose of transboundary movements of waste exists in Uganda.

“Waste” includes any matter prescribed as waste, and any radio active matter, whether liquid, solid, gaseous or radioactive which is discharged, emitted or deposited into the environment in such volume, composition or manner as to cause an alteration of the environment.


National definition of hazardous waste used for the purpose of transboundary movements of waste exists in Uganda.

“Hazardous waste” means any waste specified in the Fifth Schedule or any waste having the characteristics defined in the Second Schedule and determined in accordance with guidelines set out in the Third Schedule of The National Environment (Waste Management) Regulations 1999.


The definition of hazardous waste under the waste management regulations follows the standard definitions laid out in Annexes I, II and III of the Basel Convention. The only modification however, is the inclusion of carcinogenic and radioactive wastes. The waste management regulations lay down in detail the substances, which are considered hazardous, and this list closely follows the list laid down in the Bamako convention, which was preferred to that of the Basel Convention due to its comprehensive coverage.
Uganda regulates/controls additional wastes as hazardous that are not included in Art. 1 (1)a of the Basel Convention and would be controlled for the purpose of transboundary movements pursuant to Art. 1 (1)b.

Uganda further regulates wastes containing/contaminated by radio-nuclides, (the concentration or properties of which result from human activity) and carcinogenic wastes as hazardous wastes.


Uganda requires special consideration for the following waste(s) when subjected to transboundary movement:

Expired foodstuffs.





Restrictions on Transboundary Movement

Amendment to the Basel Convention

Uganda is in a preparatory process of implementing the amendment to the Basel Convention (Decision III/1).







Restrictions on export for final disposal and for recovery

Uganda restricts the export of hazardous wastes and other wastes for final disposal and for recovery.


The National Environment Act Cap. 153; and the National Environment (Waste Management) Regulations 1999.
This restriction is global and covers all wastes.
No Export of Hazardous Waste is allowed except for destruction purposes in accordance with the Basel Convention and in accordance with the National Environment (Waste Management) Regulations 1999.





Restrictions on import for final disposal and for recovery

Uganda restricts the import of hazardous wastes and other wastes for final disposal and for recovery.


The National Environment Act Cap. 153; and the National Environment (Waste Management) Regulations 1999.
This restriction is global and covers all wastes.
Regarding the transboundary movement of hazardous waste, the import is prohibited. However, persons desiring to import or export any wastes may apply for a license by completing a movement document, which conforms to the Basel Convention requirements. NEMA is required to notify other States through which the waste will transit in order to seek their informed consent.
In order to ensure tight control/monitoring of possible illegal hazardous waste imports into the country, only a few points have been designated as entry ports.





Restrictions on transit

Uganda restricts the transit of hazardous wastes and other wastes.


The National Environment (Waste Management) Regulations 1999.
This restriction is global and covers all wastes.
Transit must be in line with national regulations and Basel Convention framework.




Reduction and/or Elimination of Hazardous Waste Generation


National strategies/policies

Uganda has a national environment policy and an environment sector 5-year plan/programme that is reviewed every 5 years.



Legislation, regulations and guidelines

The National Environment Act, Cap. 153 established the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) as the principal agency in Uganda for the coordination, monitoring and supervision of all environmental matters. Under Section 53 of this Act, NEMA is mandated to make regulations and guidelines for the classification and management of hazardous wastes. NEMA released the following regulations and guidelines:







-The National Environment (Waste Management) Regulations 1999. These regulations apply to all categories of hazardous and non-hazardous waste; the storage and disposal of hazardous waste and their movement into and out of Uganda; and all waste disposal facilities, landfills, sanitary fills and incinerators;

-The National Environment (Standards for Discharge of Effluent into Water or on Land) Regulations, 1999;

- Environmental Audit Guidelines for Uganda, 1999;

- Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, 1998;

- Environmental Impact Assessment Guidelines,

- Draft Environmental Oil Spillers Liability Regulations,

- Draft Environmental Oil Spillers Liability Guidelines, and

- Draft Solid Waste Management Guidelines.







Economic instruments/ initiatives

Uganda currently has incentives and/or import duty /sales tax exemptions for “Appropriate – technology” as outlined in the investment code. Other economic incentives/disincentives are currently being discussed.







Measures taken by industries/waste generators

- Adoption of cleaner production techniques;

- A national cleaner production centre has been established with assistance from UNIDO (2000-2001);

- Voluntary adoption of environment Management systems (ISO 14000); and

- Adoption of environmentally sustainable industrial development thinking/approach.





Others

- Under taking of environmental audits and in particular, waste audits;

- NEMA is involved in compliance assistance programmes with industry;

- Awareness training and increased information disseminations; and Harmonisation of other sectoral policies and laws.






Transboundary Movement Reduction Measures

The measures taken for reduction of the amount of hazardous wastes and other wastes subject to the trtansboundary movement are the same as the measures taken for reduction and/or elimination of hazardous waste generation.




Disposal/

Recovery Facilities

Disposal facilities

  • Kampala City Council, Landfill Site Kiteezi, Wakiso District; Landfill for non hazardous Municipality Waste; D1

This is the only landfill site for Kampala city. An improvement and expansion has been implemented. A leachate treatment plant is in place but the discharges are not yet complying with the national standards.







Recovery/recycling/re-use facilities

No facilities available.






Bilateral, Multilateral or Regional Agreements

No agreements.






Technical Assistance and Training Available

  • NEMA (National Environment Management Authority), P.O. Box 22255 Kampala

  • Uganda Revenue Authority

  • Uganda Police

  • Makerere University of Kampala, P.O. Box 7062 Kampala

  • National Drug Authority, P.O. Box 9051 Kampala

However, the institutions above cannot be expected to be absolute authorities as such.




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