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1 Development of Technical Guidelines on the Environmentally Sound Management of Mercury Waste Under the Basel Convention Ibrahim Shafii Secretariat of the Basel Convention/UNEP

2 Contents of the Presentation Classification of mercury wastes in the Basel Convention Basel Convention COP mandate on mercury Development of Basel Convention Technical Guidelines on ESM of mercury waste Conclusions

3 Environmentally Sound Management Central Policy instrument is Environmentally Sound Management (ESM): taking all practicable steps to ensure that hazardous wastes or other wastes are managed in a manner which will protect human health and the environment against the adverse effects which may result from such wastes ESM includes minimizing the generation of such wastes, reducing transboundary movements, improving treatment and disposal, and ensuring such wastes are handled as close as possible to where they were generated

4 Classification of Mercury Waste in the Basel Convention Annex I Y1 – Clinical wastes from medical care in hospitals, medical centres and clinics Y17 – Waste resulting from surface treatment of metals and plastics Y18 – Residues arising from industrial waste disposal operations Y29 – Mercury; mercury compounds

5 Classification of Mercury Waste in the Basel Convention Annex VIII (List A) A1010 – Metal wastes and waste consisting of alloys of …mercury A1030 – Wastes having as constituents or contaminants any of the following….mercury; mercury compounds A1170 – Unsorted waste batteries (when containing Hg) A1180 – Waste electrical and electronic assemblies or scrap containing e.g. Mercury-switches; glass from CRTs (containing Hg) A2010 – Glass waste from CRTs and other activated glasses

6 Classification of Mercury Waste in the Basel Convention Annex VIII (List A)(contd) A4020 – Clinical and related wastes A4100 – Wastes from industrial pollution control devices A4140 – Waste consisting of or containing off-specification or outdated chemicals corresponding to Annex I categories

7 Basel Convention COP Mandates on Mercury Decision VIII/33 of COP8 (Nov/Dec 2006) Adopted the programme and budget for and agreed to include a new Strategic Plan focus area on mercury Agreed that in cooperation with UNEP to develop partnerships around the theme of environmentally friendly technologies and awareness raising regarding avoidance, use and disposal of mercury wastes; develop capacity building and technical assistance programmes to reduce and prevent pollution from mercury; and to develop guidelines on ESM of mecury waste with emphasis on sound disposal and remediation practices.

8 Development of Technical Guidelines on Mercury Waste Feb. 2007: draft Table of Contents were developed First draft completed 24 July 2007 Second draft completed 23 August 2007 September 2007: Draft technical guidelines was presented to the OEWG6 meeting 3rd draft was presented to COP9 (June 2008) Intersessional Working Group established 4th draft completed on 30 April th draft completed on 5 January 2010 and presented to OEWG7 (10 to 14 May 2010)

9 Development of Technical Guidelines on Mercury Waste (contd) Will be presented to COP10 (Oct. 2011) for possible adoption Draft available for further comments on the Basel Convention website at: Two more revisions are expected before COP10 Guidelines are being pilot tested in a series of capacity building projects under Basel Convention and UNEP supported projects.

10 Outcomes of the OEWG7 on the Development of the Technical Guidelines Welcomes the contribution by Japan as lead country Further comments are invited and nominations to participate in the SIWG is extended to 30 June 2010 Invites Parties to consider serving as lead country 2 more revisions were agreed: 30 Oct 2010 and 31 July 2011 A face-to-face meeting to be held immediately prior to COP10 to develop a final draft The TG to address all forms of mercury, including elemental mercury – a name change was suggested. Some texts need to be shortened to make the document readable Some differences in understanding of terminologies and nomenclature need to be addressed in the future drafts e.g. disposal/storage, long-term storage, etc.

11 Conclusions Mercury poses a special waste management challenge as mercury cannot be destroyed but only contained so that it does not circulate in the environment. Products containing mercury enter the waste streams from various sources such as municipal, medical, and industrial waste. Inadequate or improper disposal of mercury containing waste can result in leakage to the environment. The Basel Convention Technical Guidelines are a tool available to assist governments achieve ESM of mercury waste. Policies aimed at the reduction of mercury in products may be the most effective means to control for mercury in waste.

12 FURTHER INFORMATION Secretariat of the Basel Convention International Environment House 1 15 Chemin des Anemones Chatelaine CH-1219 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND Website:


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