Improving hazardous waste institutions

This strategy features in the framework of Agenda 21 as formulated at UNCED (Rio de Janeiro, 1992), now coordinated by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and implemented through national and local authorities. Agenda 21 recommends promoting and strengthening institutional capacities in hazardous waste management.
Identifying contaminated sites
Ensuring safe export of hazardous waste
Establishing inventories of hazardous waste
Establishing hazardous waste treatment centres
Monitoring adverse effects of hazardous wastes
Improving capacity to assess hazardous waste risks
Educating about national hazardous waste management
Developing guidelines for identifying hazardous waste
Preparing health criteria on hazardous waste prevention
Implementing international conventions on hazardous waste
Expanding hazardous waste research in developing countries
Assessing health and environmental risks of hazardous waste
Providing education materials on effects of hazardous waste
Strengthening research centres on hazardous waste management
Increasing public participation in hazardous waste management
Expanding international information exchange on hazardous waste
Establishing databases on populations exposed to hazardous waste
Developing industry-based institutions on hazardous waste handling
Publishing information on companies which generate hazardous waste
Identifying best available technology for hazardous waste management
Supporting national programmes to monitor and control hazardous wastes
Increasing support for hazardous waste research in developing countries
Expanding knowledge resources on health implications of hazardous wastes
Expanding research on environmentally sound management of hazardous waste
Conducting research on critical problems of waste management and disposal
Increasing international cooperation centres on hazardous waste management
Ensuring military applies environmental norms for hazardous waste treatment
Providing education on hazardous waste management in government and industry
Improving training on prevention and control of hazardous waste health risks
Assessing hazardous waste management needs of small and medium-sized enterprises
Conducting environmental audits to assess hazardous waste management in industry
Improving hazardous waste management programmes to meet health and environment norms
Conducting training on hazardous waste management technology in developing countries
Conducting research on the health effects of hazardous wastes in developing countries
Cooperating with industry in identifying and cleaning-up hazardous waste disposal sites
Establishing regulations requiring environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes
Taking measures for environmentally sound disposal of hazardous waste in developing countries
Combining treatment/disposal facilities for hazardous waste in small and medium-sized enterprises
Type Classification:
C: Cross-sectoral strategies