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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

11,824

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

No data

Export


Amount of hazardous wastes exported

11,824

Amount of other wastes exported

Not reported

Import


Amount of hazardous wastes imported

0

Amount of other wastes imported

0



Basel Convention 2002
Country Fact Sheet 2003


Ecuador



Status of Ratifications:




Party to the Basel Convention:

23.02.1993

Amendment to the Basel Convention:

06.03.1998

Basel protocol on Liability and Compensation:
-

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




Competent Authority






Focal Point

Subsecretaría de Calidad Ambiental

Ministerio del Ambiente

Av. Amazona y Eloy Alfaro

Edificio MAG, 7° Piso

Quito


Ecuador

Telephone: (593 2) 256 34 92

Telefax: (593 2) 252 32 69

E-Mail: mma@ambiente.gov.ec or

calidadambiental@ambiente.gov.ec

Website: http://www.ambiente.gov.ec



Ministry of Foreign Affaires

Avenida 10 de Agosto y Carrion

Quito

Ecuador


Telephone: (593 2) 299 32 84-5 or 299 32 00

Telefax: (593 2) 299 32 73 or 299 32 74

E-Mail: dgpolmul@mmrree.gov.ec

Website: http://www.ambiente.gov.ec






National Definition

National definition of waste used for the purpose of transboundary movements of waste exists in Ecuador.
Wastes are substances (solid, liquid, gaseous or mixtures) or objects which are disposed of, or are intended to be disposed of or are required to be disposed of by virtue of the national law in force.
National definition of hazardous waste used for the purpose of transboundary movements of waste exists in Ecuador.
Hazardous wastes are those solid, mixed, liquid or gaseous wastes resulting from a process of production, transformation, recycling, use or consumption which contain some compounds with reactive, inflammable, corrosive, infectious or toxic characteristics that represent a risk to human health, natural resources or the environment according to existing legal provisions.
Note: this is a definition of the Regulation for prevention and control of contamination of dangerous hazardous wastes.

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 Ecuador 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 Ecuador.


The Art. 90 of Constitution of the Ecuador Republic bans the import of hazardous wastes.





Restrictions on transit and export for final disposal and for recovery

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







Restrictions on import for final disposal and for recovery

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


The Executive Decree, Or. No. 970 of July 2, 1992; and Art. 90 of the Constitution of the Republic of Ecuador, 1998.
These regulations cover all hazardous wastes.



Reduction and/or Elimination of Hazardous Waste Generation

National strategies/policies

Action Plan for the implementation of the National Regimen for Hazardous Chemical Products; Application of regulations about clinical wastes; and

Development of policies for cleaner production.


Legislation, regulations and guidelines

National Regimen for Hazardous Chemical Products;

Regulation on clinical wastes;

Regulations about storage, transport and handling of dangerous chemical products;

Regulations about hazardous industrial chemicals, precautionary labeling, specifications;

Regulation for prevention and control of contamination of dangerous hazardous wastes;

National list of chemical products controlled &severely restricted by Environmental Ministry and National List of chemical products banned in Ecuador;

National Policy of solid waste; and

Interinstitutional Cooperation and Coordination Committee for residue management.





Measures taken by industries/waste generators

Chemical industry is implementing the Responsible Care Program;

Implementation of the Cleaner Production Center in Ecuador; and

Some enterprises have adopted the ISO 14000 standard.





Disposal/

Recovery Facilities

Disposal facilities

  • Landfill operated by Guayaquil Municipality, Relleno Sanitario Las Iguanas; Landfill-deposit into land; D1

  • Landfill operated by Cuenca Municipality-EMAC-Cuenca, Relleno Sanitario de Pichacay-Cuenca; Landfill-deposit into land (Environmental license); D1

  • Landfill operated by Quito Municipality-EMASEO Quito, Relleno Sanitario El Inga; Landfill-deposit into land (Environmental license); D1

  • Landfill operated by Cayambe Municipality, Relleno Sanitario Santa Rosa; Landfill-deposit into land; D1

  • Landfill operated by Loja Municipality; Landfill-deposit into land; D1







Recovery/recycling/re-use facilities

  • Cementos Selva Alegre-Otavalo; Cement elaboration ; R1

  • Cementos Rocafuerte-Guayaquil; Cement elaboration ; R1

  • Incinerox-Quito; Dangerous waste treatment; R10

  • Oxidos de Plomo Cnia.-Guayaquil; Car bateries Recycling; R4



Bilateral, Multilateral or Regional Agreements

  • No agreements.



Technical Assistance and Training Available

  • Sociedad de Lucha contra el Cáncer SOLCA, Av. Eloy Alfaro y Los Pinos. Quito. (5932) 241 9763

  • Environmental Quality Subsecretary-Environmental Ministry of Ecuador, Eloy Alfaro and Amazonas Av., Building MAG, Floor 7, Quito, (5932) 256 3492

  • Clean Production Center, Cámara de la Pequeña Industria, Centro de Exposiciones Quito, Piso 2, Quito

  • Centro de Información Toxicológica, Hospital Eugenio Espejo, Quito

  • National Polytechnic University, Ladron de Guevara 253, Quito


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