There is no national definition of waste used for the purpose of transboundary movements of waste in Maldives.
National definition of hazardous waste used for the purpose of transboundary movements of waste exists in Maldives.
Hazardous waste is defined as any waste that is harmful to human health and environment.
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.
Maldives requires special consideration for the following waste(s) when subjected to transboundary movement: Nuclear wastes.
Restrictions on Transboundary Movement
Amendment to the Basel Convention
The amendment to the Basel Convention (Decision III/1) has not been implemented in Maldives.
However, the Environment Protection and Preservation Act (4/93) prohibits the disposal of hazardous waste within the territory of the Maldives.
Maldives 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
Maldives restricts the import of hazardous wastes and other wastes for final disposal and for recovery.
Environment Protection and Preservation Act of Maldives (Law 4/93).
The restriction covers all countries and all hazardous wastes.
The Environment Protection and Preservation Act of the Republic of Maldives States that hazardous waste shall not be disposed within the country.
Restrictions on transit
Maldives has no restrictions on the transit of hazardous wastes and other wastes.
Though the Act (Law 4/93) does not specifically address the issue of transit of hazardous waste, the Act (Law 4/93) can be used to control the transit of hazardous waste. The basis is that disposing of hazardous waste is prohibited within the country.
Reduction and/or Elimination of Hazardous Waste Generation
Introduction of Environmental Impact Assessment Process for new development projects including industries.