1) The sharp decrease of the amount of hazardous wastes generated is caused by changes in the classification of waste. The biggest producer of hazardous waste – metallurgical plant - has provided sufficient evidence that waste from metallurgical processes have to be classified as non-hazardous waste.
There is no national definition of waste used for the purpose of transboundary movements of waste in Lebanon.
There is no national definition of hazardous waste used for the purpose of transboundary movements of waste in Lebanon.
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 Lebanon 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 Lebanon.
National Ministerial Decision 71/1 (19/05/1997) regulates the transboundary movements of Hazardous Wastes and Other Wastes into Lebanon.
Lebanon 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
Lebanon restricts the import of hazardous wastes and other wastes for final disposal and for recovery.
The Ministerial Decision 71/1 that entered into force in 19/05/1997 prohibits the import for final disposal of Hazardous Wastes and Other Wastes into Lebanon.
The Decision covers all countries, there are no specifications.
The Ministerial Decision mentioned above prohibits all kinds of wastes for final disposal and/or incineration for calorific value.
Reduction and/or Elimination of Hazardous Waste Generation
1) Encouraging the use of the alternatives of hazardous materials i.e. the implementation of BAT or BEP concept; 2) Encouraging the 3Rs principle; 3) Integration of the Polluter Pays principle; and
4) Encouraging the export of hazardous wastes for final disposal under the rules and regulations of the Basel Convention.
Legislation, regulations and guidelines
The Ministerial Decision 71/1, entry into force 19/05/1997.
Measures taken by industries/waste generators
The waste generators are aware of the Basel Convention measures and they are cooperating with the Ministry of Environment to reduce and/or eliminate the Hazardous Wastes and Other Wastes.