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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

25,670 (1)

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



Total amount of hazardous wastes generated


25,670 (1)

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

562,000

Export


Amount of hazardous wastes exported

16,200

Amount of other wastes exported

0

Import


Amount of hazardous wastes imported

206

Amount of other wastes imported

0

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.



Basel Convention 2002
Country Fact Sheet 2003


Lebanon



Status of Ratifications:




Party to the Basel Convention:

21.12.1994

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


Ministry of Environment

Lazarieh Building - 7th floor (Room 7-42)

P.O.Box: 11-2727

Beirut, Lebanon

Telephone: (961 1) 976 512

                   (961 1) 976 555 (Ext 500)

Telefax: (961 1) 976 530

Website:


Acting Chief of Service of Prevention from

Technological Impacts & Natural Disasters

Ministry of Environment

Lazarieh Building - 7th floor (Room 7-42)

P.O.Box: 11-2727

Beirut, Lebanon

Telephone: (961 1) 976 512

                 (961 1) 976 555 (Ext 412)

Mobile: (961 3) 029 547

Telefax: (961 1) 976 530

E-Mail: j.berbari@moe.gov.lb

Website:





National Definition

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.





Restrictions on transit and export for final disposal and for recovery

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


National strategies/policies

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.






Transboundary Movement Reduction Measures

National strategies/policies

1) Hazardous wastes and other wastes generated by the industries are requested to be treated on the spot; and 2) Pharmaceutical wastes and chemical wastes are controlled and managed to be exported.







Legislation, regulations and guidelines

The Ministerial Decision 71/1, entry into force 19/05/1997.






Disposal/

Recovery Facilities

No facilities available.






Bilateral, Multilateral or Regional Agreements

No agreements.






Technical Assistance and Training Available

Ministry of Environment, Lazarieh Bldg., Beirut, Lebanon.




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