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Requirements and Procedures for the Disposal of Hazardous Wastes
Dr. Jayesh Panchal
Sr. Environmental Engineer, NADAFA Program
Environmental Eng. & PM, NADAFA Program
Jamal Al Jeetawy
Technical Advisor, NADAFA Program
Dr. Udayan Banerjee
EHS Specialist, CWM
H.E. Mohamed Rashid Al Hamli
General Manager, CWM
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Table of Contents
Conflict of Interest 4
List of Abbreviations 4
1. Introduction 6
2. Requirements 6
3. Standard and Guidelines for the disposal of hazardous waste 8
4. Annexures 11
Table 1: Customer Service Offices 8
All information and data provided in this Interim Guideline is for awareness purposes and public information only. This information is owned by the CWM - Abu Dhabi, which in turn working to update and review them to be complete, correct, and accurate as far as possible without any prior notice. The CWM - Abu Dhabi has made all reasonable efforts to ensure that the contents of this document are factual and free of error. However the CWM shall not be liable for any damage or loss which may occur in relation to any person taking action or not on the basis of this document.
Conflict of Interest
CWM imposes an obligation on all employees and those associated with CWM as
Consultant or Contractors to avoid any conflict of interest between their private activities and government interests and operations shall not get involved in any private activity which they are managing or regulating. In particular, they are required not to "place themselves in any position where allegations of conflict of interest could be made". This includes, amongst others, a duty not to "misuse their positions, or leak information gained through their association with the Government, to achieve specific goals or to obtain favors or privileged treatment"
List of Abbreviations
COP Code of Practice
CWM The Center of Waste Management-Abu Dhabi
EAD Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi
ESMA Emirates Authority for Standardization & Metrology
MSDS Material Safety Data Sheet
NOC No Objection Certificate
RSP Registered Service Providers
WG Waste Generator
WMDS Waste Material Data Sheet
This technical guideline provides requirements and procedure for disposal of Hazardous wastes. It identifies International standard / guidelines applicable for the disposal of hazardous waste.
Hazardous wastes, due to inherent hazardous characteristics, can cause substantial harm to human, properties or to the environment, particularly during handling, storage, transportation, treatment, and, imminently, at disposal sites. Improper storage or disposal of hazardous wastes also would contaminate surface and groundwater supplies. In addition, workers at disposal facilities and those people who are staying at buildings located near old and abandoned waste disposal sites are the most likely at risk due to obnoxious gases that expectedly arise from the deposited wastes.
In an effort to remedy existing problems and to prevent potential harm due to improper handling of hazardous wastes, the Center of Waste Management-Abu Dhabi regulates the practice of hazardous waste disposal.
Listed below are the main legislative requirements related to the hazardous waste within the Abu Dhabi Emirate. All the requirements listed within these documents shall be adhered to, however compliance with this document and those referenced within, shall ensure compliance with the requirements stated within the legal standards listed below:
Federal Cabinet Resolution No. (39) of 2006 on Banning the Import and Production of Asbestos;
Federal Law No (24) for the year 1999 on the Protection and the Development of the Environment;
Federal Law No. (28) of 2001 Regarding the Establishment of the emirates authority for standards and Meteorology;
Federal Regulation for Handling Hazardous Materials, Hazardous Wastes and Medical Wastes, issued by Cabinet Decree No. 37 of 2001;
Law No (21) for the year 2005 on Waste Management in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi;
Decree 2G24 of 2009 for Tariff System of the Waste in the Emirates of Abu Dhabi;
Centre of Waste Management Board of Directors Decree No 1/2010 for Waste Tracking System;
Decree No 17 of 2008 Establishing the Centre of Waste Management - Abu Dhabi;
Decree No 42 of 2009 Requirements of the Abu Dhabi Emirate Environment, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) Regulatory Framework;
The Trade Effluent Control Regulations, 2010; and
Basel Convention Protocol for Liability and Compensation on the Control of Transboundry Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (Texts and Annexes).
Permits and Licensing
Listed are the specific licensing and permitting requirements relevant to this technical guideline. The Waste Generator is required to ensure that all licensing and permitting requirements have been complied prior to commence any work.
Hazardous waste carriers / transporter:
To be approved by CWM-AD.
Hazardous waste Facilities:
To be approved by CWM-AD.
All testing facility shall be approved for the purpose (Scope of accreditation) by Emirates Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) Authority.
Standard and Guidelines for the disposal of hazardous waste
This technical Guideline explains the procedures and requirements of submission of request or application for disposal of hazardous waste in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi through the following CWM/NADAFA Customer Service offices:
The Licensing Department (NADAFA) of the Center of Waste Management-Abu Dhabi
Street No. 13, Al Nhayan Complex, behind Red crescent-Branch.
The Center of Waste Management-Abu Dhabi, Al Ain Office
Tem Centre Madinat Zayed Western Region
Table 1: Customer Service Offices
All Waste Generators (WG) for the disposals of hazardous waste are required to contract with CWM Registered Service Providers (RSP) permitted under hazardous waste category.
Waste Generator shall submit application (Annexure 6) through Registered Service Providers (Annexure 7) along with all legal, administrative and technical documents (Annexure 9) for document checklist to be filled by Waste Generator to the Center of Waste management-Abu Dhabi through at any of the above mentioned offices in table 1.
Waste Generator must ensure not to store any hazardous waste container near ADSSC Sewerage Water Network, Strom Water Network, Marine Environment, Marine Outfalls or Channel.
Waste Generator shall submit the following technical documents along with the legal and administrative documents & application:
Waste Material Data Sheet (Annexure 3)
MSDS, if available
Analysis Report from any ESMA accredited laboratories in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi for the following wastes and the required parameters1 as a minimum:
For Sludge & contaminated soil - pH, Solids (fixed/volatiles/total) Moisture content, Oil content (% by weight), chloride and Heavy Metals (As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Pb, Hg, Mo, Ni, Se and Zn). For contaminated soils, Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons and BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, and xylenes) shall also be analysed if the contamination is due to fuel spills etc.
For Used Oil - Free Oil (%), Water Content (%), Sediment (%), Sulphur (%), Total Metals (ppm)
For Used Chemicals, inks, paints, solvents, etc. - pH, volatiles, hydrocarbon, water content (%), Flashpoint ( °C ), Heavy Metals
(1All above listed parameters shall be analysed for interim purpose only and later on all listed parameters or other applicable herein shall comply with other relevant Local and International Regulations Standards)
The laboratory analysis report shall not be more than 1 month old reckoned from the date when the sample was collected for analysis. New analysis report is required for every batch permit application. The CWM may require other tests to further determine the hazard nature of waste.
A review of Basel Convention Protocol Annexures shall be carried out by Waste Generator as specified in Annexure 1.
Disposal fee for every approved hazardous waste disposal application shall be considered as specified in Annexure 2.
Upon payment of disposal fee, the Waste Generator must obtain the hazardous waste manifest as specified in process flow (Annexure 4).
All permitted waste shall be disposed off only into the designated site within 30 days reckoned from the date of approval or as per the schedule set by the disposal facility.
The Manifest shall be signed by the generator, the transporter and the operator of the waste management facility in order to track the waste consignment and ensure consistency of information.
It is mandatory to provide a copy of manifest to the Waste Generator.
The importation of waste from other Emirates into the Emirate of Abu Dhabi for reuse, reprocessing, recycling or disposal is prohibited unless the Center of Waste Management-Abu Dhabi issues a NOC / Approval in advance.
Any waste, damaged goods or deteriorated material arriving in Abu Dhabi ports shall be considered imported waste and will not be accepted for disposal. Such waste material must be sent back to its place of origin. A proof of shipment or re-exportation of such waste out of Abu Dhabi shall be submitted to the CWM.
The exportation of hazardous waste from Abu Dhabi to another Emirate shall not be permitted where such waste will be treated or disposed of to a lesser environmental standard than that which is readily available in Abu Dhabi.
The export of hazardous waste from UAE to another country is prohibited as per Basel Convention Protocol.
Any intention of exporting hazardous waste shall comply with the requirements of the Environment Agency and in accordance with the Basel Convention protocol on the Control of Trans-boundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal.
CWM defines hazardous wastes in accordance with the Basel Convention as described in Annexure 1 of this procedure.
The licensing and permitting approval for the hazardous waste disposal / treatment will be based on the documentary evidence which will be provided by the Waste Generator and Registered Service Providers.
Annexure 1: Basel Convention Protocol Annexures
Annexure 2: Fee Structure
Annexure 3: Waste Material Data Sheet Format
Annexure 4: Process flow for the disposal/treatment of hazardous waste
Annexure 5: Hazardous waste manifest format
Annexure 6: Application form
Annexure 7: List of Registered Service Providers
Annexure 8: Letter of approval for hazardous waste lined cell
Annexure 9: Document Checklist