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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

Not reported

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

Not reported

Export


Amount of hazardous wastes exported

0

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


Latvia



Status of Ratifications:




Party to the Basel Convention:

14.04.1992 (a)

Amendment to the Basel Convention:

18.12.2003 (A)

Basel protocol on Liability and Compensation:
-

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




Competent Authority






Focal Point


Environmental Protection Department

Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development

25, Peldu Str., LV 1494, Riga,

Latvia


Telephone: (371) 702 65 15

Telefax: (371) 782 04 42

E-Mail: ilze.donina@varam.gov.lv

Website:


Focal Point has not been designated





National Definition

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

"Waste - any object or substance which holder disposes of, or intends to or is forced to dispose of, and which conforms to the categories specified in the waste classification." (Waste Management Law, Art.1.1)


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

"Hazardous waste- waste which has one or more characteristics which makes it hazardous to human life and health, the environment, or the property of persons, and which conforms to a hazardous waste category specified in the waste classification."(Waste Management Law, Art.4.1)


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

Following waste groups in accordance with EU Regulation 259/93/EC:

GC- other wastes containing metals; GG- other wastes containing principally inorganic constituents, which may contain metals and organic materials; GH- solid plastic waste; GK- rubber waste;

GM- wastes arising from agrofood industry; GN- wastes arising from tanning and fellmongery operations and leather use; and GO- other wastes containing principally organic constituents, which may contain metals and inorganic materials.





Restrictions on Transboundary Movement

Amendment to the Basel Convention

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







Restrictions on transit and export for final disposal and for recovery

Latvia 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

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

Waste Management Law, 01.03.2001.
It’s prohibited to import into the territory of the Republic of Latvia any waste for disposal or long-term storage. Restriction applies to all countries.





Restrictions on import for recovery

Latvia restricts the import of hazardous wastes and other wastes for recovery.


Waste Management Law, 01.03.2001.
It is permitted to import hazardous waste for recovery only if there are hazardous waste recovery facilities in operation in the territory of the Republic of Latvia, the owner of which has obtained a permit for the recovery of the relevant hazardous waste, and which have the necessary capacity.




Reduction and/or Elimination of Hazardous Waste Generation


National strategies/policies

National Waste Management Plan, 2003-2012.



Legislation, regulations and guidelines

Waste Management Law, Law on Natural Resource tax.


Economic instruments/ initiatives

Natural resource tax for disposal of hazardous waste, subsidies for recovery of hazardous wastes.






Transboundary Movement Reduction Measures

None.



Disposal/

Recovery Facilities

Disposal facilities

No facilities available.







Recovery/recycling/re-use facilities

  • Lampu demerkurizacijas centrs Ltd, Kapsedes 10, LV-3400, Liepaja; Destruction of mercury-containing light bulbs, separation of mercury; R5

  • JSC “Broceni”; Liepnieku 15, Broceni, Saldus rajons, LV-3851, Latvia; Use as a fuel (other than in direct incineration) or other means to generate energy. ; R1

  • JSC “Broceni”; Liepnieku 15, Broceni, Saldus rajons, LV-3851, Latvia; Waste oil is used as fuel in cement production; R5

  • “LC”, Ltd, Pils iela 14, Riga, Latvia, LV-1050; Use as a fuel (other than in direct incineration) or other means to generate energy- incineration of medical waste; R1

  • “Bistamo Atkritumu Serviss”, Raina iela 28, Daugavpils, Latvia; Use as a fuel (other than in direct incineration) or other means to generate energy – incineration of waste oils; R1

A complete list could be obtained from the Focal Point.






Bilateral, Multilateral or Regional Agreements

No agreements.






Technical Assistance and Training Available

  • Center of Environmental Science and Management Studies of University of Latvia, 19, Raina blvd, Riga

  • Latvian Waste Managements Associations, 21 Aizkraukles Str, Riga

Further information could be obtained from: www.lasa.lv




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