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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

625,672

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



Total amount of hazardous wastes generated


625,672

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

Pending clarification

Export


Amount of hazardous wastes exported

5,001

Amount of other wastes exported

Not reported

Import


Amount of hazardous wastes imported

4,300

Amount of other wastes imported

Not reported


Basel Convention 2002
Country Fact Sheet 2003


Cameroon


Status of Ratifications:




Party to the Basel Convention:

09.02.2001 (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


The Ministry of Environment and Protection of Nature

Yaoundé


Cameroon

Telephone: (237) 223 34 23

Telefax: (237) 223 34 23

Website:


Head

Division of Studies, Projects and Cooperation, Ministry of Environment and Protection of Nature, Yaoundé

Cameroon

Telephone: (237) 769 74 74

Telefax: (237) 223 34 23

E-Mail: takangeyong@hotmail.com

Website :





National Definition

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

Waste: Any residue from a production, processing or utilization process, any substance or material produced or, more generally, any movable and immovable goods abandoned or intended to be abandoned. The definition is from article 4 of the Law N° 96/12 of 5th August 1996 relating to Environmental Management in Cameroon.


National definition of hazardous waste used for the purpose of transboundary movements of waste exists in Cameroon. Sont considérés comme déchets toxiques et/ou dangereux, les matières contenant des substances inflammables, explosives, radioactives, toxiques présentant un danger pour la vie des personnes, des animaux, des plantes et pour l’environnement. Cette définition est donnée par la Loi N° 89/027 du 29 décembre 1989 portant sur les déchets toxiques et dangereux.
There are no wastes defined as, or considered to be hazardous wastes by national legislation in accordance with Art. 1, para 1(b) of the Basel Convention.
In Cameroon there are no wastes other than those pursuant to 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 Cameroon.


The import and/or transit of all types of wastes are Banned by Law. N° 96/12 of 5th August 1996 relating to Environmental Management and Loi N° 89/027 du 29 décembre 1989 portant sur les déchets toxiques et dangereux.





Restrictions on export for final disposal and for recovery

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







Restrictions on import for final disposal and for recovery.

Cameroon restricts the import of hazardous wastes and other wastes for final disposal and for recovery. Law N° 96/12 of 5th August 1996 relating to Environmental management in Cameroon and Loi N° 89/027 du 29 décembre 1989 portant sur les déchets toxiques et dangereux.


All types of wastes from all regions of the world are covered by this restriction.





Restrictions on transit

Cameroon restricts the transit of hazardous wastes and other wastes.


Law N° 96/12 of 5th August 1996 relating to Environmental management in Cameroon and Loi N° 89/027 du 29 décembre 1989 portant sur les déchets toxiques et dangereux.
All types of wastes from all regions of the world are covered by this restriction.




Reduction and/or Elimination of Hazardous Waste Generation


National strategies/policies

Incentive measures as reduction of custom duty on equipment are prescribed by above mentioned Environmental Law to industrial establishments that choose pollution reduction technology or good practices in their manufacturing process. But as for now, no inventory has been done yet to determine the quantities and qualities of the hazardous waste present in the country. Need for both technical and financial assistance to carry out this inventory.







Legislation, regulations and guidelines

Law N° 96/12 of 5th August 1996 relating to Environmental management in Cameroon and Loi N° 89/027 du 29 décembre 1989 portant sur les déchets toxiques et dangereux don’t give Cameroon an adequate framework for sustainable management of hazardous wastes in particular or wastes in general.





Transboundary Movement Reduction Measures

National strategies/policies

Government gives administrative assistance to the enterprises that want to export their hazardous wastes according to the Basel Convention procedures.







Legislation, regulations and guidelines

The Environmental Law prescribes to respect Cameroon international commitments concerning hazardous wastes management.







Measures taken by industries/waste generators

Interim storage; Recycling and re-use of used engine oils from vehicles;



Incineration of medical waste from hospitals and sludge from refinery on the spot; Phasing out the use of PCB transformers; The use of non-PCB oils in transformers is being undertaken; and There is an on-going study to construct an engineered landfill.


Disposal/

Recovery

Facilities

No facilities available.




Bilateral, Multilateral or Regional Agreements

No agreements.






Technical Assistance and Training Available

BOCOM BP 9546 Douala Fax 339 09 14



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