26 March 2008
Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention
on the Control of Transboundary Movements of
Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal
Bali, 23–27 June 2008 ?Item 7 (h) of the provisional agenda Implementation of the decisions adopted by the
Conference of the Parties at its eighth meeting:
Review of other selected technical guidelines pursuant to
decision VIII/17, e.g., on incineration on land (D10), specially
engineered landfill (D5), and wastes collected from households (Y46)
Note by the Secretariat
1. Reference is made to decision VIII/17 on technical guidelines on environmentally sound
management, by which the Conference of the Parties requested the Open-ended Working Group to
undertake a review of selected technical guidelines as appropriate and initiate updating as necessary,
e.g., incineration on land (D10), specially engineered landfill (D5) and wastes collected from
2. At its sixth session, in September 2007, by its decision OEWG-VI/4 the Open-ended Working
Group, among other things, reiterated the invitation to countries and other stakeholders to provide
comments regarding the review and updating of technical guidelines, in particular on incineration on
land (D10), specially engineered landfill (D5) and wastes collected from households (Y46), and on their
experiences implementing the existing technical guidelines on the environmentally sound management
of hazardous wastes by 30 March 2008.
3. As of 31 March 2008, the Secretariat had only received comments and proposals from Burkina 1Faso and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as set out in the annex to the
? UNEP/CHW.9/1. 1 For reasons of economy, the comments are made available only in the languages in which they were submitted. They are presented as received and have not been edited by the Secretariat.
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III. Proposed action
4. The Conference of the Parties may wish to adopt a decision along the following lines:
The Conference of the Parties,
Recalling decision VIII/17 of the Conference of the Parties on technical guidelines on
environmentally sound management,
1. Invites countries in a position to do so to take the lead in the review and updating of
technical guidelines or to contribute financially to the process;
2. Reiterates the invitation to countries and other stakeholders to provide comments
regarding the review and updating of technical guidelines and on their experiences implementing the
existing technical guidelines on the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes by
31 December 2008;
3. Requests the Secretariat to prepare a compilation of comments received and to transmit
that compilation to the Conference of the Parties at its tenth meeting for its consideration.
Comments from Burkina Faso on the review of technical guidelines
Y46, D10 and D5
Ce message est d'abord vous informer que j'avais quelques suggestions relatives à la revision des
directives techniques Y46, D10 et D5 respectivement en ce qui concerne la gestion des déchets
ménagers, la co-incinération et la décharge contrôlée.
Pour ce qui concerne la gestion des déchets (solides) ménagers, je pense qu'une attention particulière
doit être accordée à la caractérisation et à la classification des déchets ménagers. Cette étape est
nécessaire pour la destination finale des déchets ménagers. En effet cette étape fournirait les critères de
choix parmi les options techniques d'élimination suivantes: le compostage, le co-compostage, la
biométhanisation, le co incinération ou cogéneration, la décharge fossilisée. La décharge fossilisée est
une technique qui consiste à enfouir en période sèche tous les déchets solides ménagers ou municipaux.
Les déchets sont pris en "Sandwich" entres deux couches successives d'argiles et la dernière couche est
constituée de terre végétale. Les avantages de cette technique sont entre autres l'absence de production
de lixiviats, dimunition du coût d'exploitation, etc. L'inconvénient majeur est le manque de valorisation
Parmi les déchets ménagers ou domestiques, il est important de trouver des solutions pour la gestion des
excréta qui constitue une problématique en Afrique Subsaharienne.
En ce qui concerne le co-incinération, nous devons garder à l'esprit la synergie entre les conventions de
Bâle et de Stockholm afin de réduire les risques d'augmentation des émissions de polluants organiques
persistants notamment les dioxines et furannes. Du reste le co-incinération à l'avantage d'éliminer de
grandes quantités de déchets. Mais le co-incinération avec récupération d'énergie est à promouvoir.
Comments from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern
Ireland on the proposal to the amend Basel Convention technical
guidelines on specially engineered landfill (D5)
The UK considers that the Basel guidance on specially engineered landfill is now quite out of date and would benefit from a significant overhaul. We suggest that it would be beneficial if the
guidance included an indication of which hazardous wastes should or should not be landfilled, giving
indications of preferred treatment routes and alternative disposal routes. The guidance also predates
Directive 1991/31/EC on the landfill of waste and we consider it should be updated to include the
Directive's requirements and technical standards for the design and operation of landfills as objectives,
even if not as absolute requirements. The Environment Agency has issued the guidance notes listed
below, which provide further details of these requirements and may be drawn on by Basel parties as
appropriate in updating the guidelines:
Landfill Sector Guidance note
? IPPC Landfill Sector Guidance Note S5.02
The Landfill Directive provides certain technical standards for landfill sites. Where the Landfill Directive does not provide the relevant technical requirements then the general principles of Directive
96/61/EC on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control are applied.
The Sector Guidance Note for Landfill sets out recommendations for measures that are considered appropriate to meet the relevant technical requirements for landfills under Pollution
Landfill Technical Guidance
? TGN01: Hydrogeological Risk Assessment for landfill and the derivation of control and
This document provides guidance on the requirements for groundwater risk assessment of
landfills and the setting of groundwater Control and Trigger levels. The guidance describes a tiered
approach to hydrogeological risk assessment for landfill and sets out how Control and Trigger levels for
groundwater (as required by the Landfill Directive) should be derived and used.
? TGN02: Monitoring landfill leachate, groundwater and surface water
This document provides technical guidance on the monitoring of landfill leachate, groundwater
and surface water for waste management licensing and Pollution Prevention Control purposes.
? TGN03: Guidance on the management of Landfill Gas
This document provides guidance on the management of gas from landfill sites.
? TGN04: Guidance on monitoring trace components in landfill gas
This document provides guidance on monitoring trace components in raw landfill gas at
permitted or licensed landfill sites.
? TGN06: Guidance on gas treatment technologies for landfill gas engines
This document provides the technical background on gas treatment technologies for landfill gas
engines on permitted or licensed landfill sites.
? TGN07: Guidance on monitoring landfill gas surface emissions
This document provides guidance on the monitoring of landfill gas surface emissions at
permitted or licensed landfill sites.
? TGN08: Guidance for monitoring landfill gas engine emissions
This document provides guidance on the monitoring of landfill gas engine emissions at
permitted or licensed landfill sites.
? Guidance on landfill gas flaring
This document provides guidance on landfill gas flaring, and recommends best practice for the
design and operation of flares and for the control and management of their emissions.
? Guidance on the use of landfill cover
This document provides guidance to operators of landfills depositing wastes that require daily
and intermediate cover, producers of cover materials.
Comments of the United Kingdom on Basel Convention technical
guidelines on incineration on land
The UK considers that these guidelines are now quite old and would benefit from updating. More up to date and specific information is available on reception/handling, operational requirements, emission limits and monitoring, which could be used to expand on the options available to end users. The Basel guidelines also predate the European Community’s Directive on the incineration of waste (2000/76/EC), which has now been implemented and which defines the requirements for all hazardous and non-hazardous waste incinerators.
There are several pieces of recent guidance that we suggest might be used in updating the Basel guidelines:
(1) “Guidance for the incineration of waste and fuel manufactured from or including waste” issued
by the UK Regulators. This is available at
(2) More details of what constitutes BAT (Best Available Techniques) in the EC can be found in the BREF note issued by the European IPPC Bureau.
(3) “Guidance on Directive 2000/76/EC on the Incineration of Waste” produced in the UK by Defra with the support of the Environment Agency. This is available at:
More specifically, the initial sections of the report talk about municipal waste, although the focus of the guidance is hazardous waste. This is confusing and it would add clarity if the guidelines were restricted to the types of incineration they are intended to cover.
In paragraph 7, the guidance does not mention bag filters which is the most commonly used technique where tight dust emission limits are imposed.
Paragraphs 21-25 could be updated and improved using the guidance note mentioned at (1) above.
Paragraph 31 is totally out of date. The document referred to as the proposal for the European Community Council of Ministers Directive on the Incineration of Hazardous Waste was adopted as Directive 94/67/EC in December 1994. This Directive was later repealed and its requirements were incorporated in the Waste Incineration Directive, 2000/76/EC, which was adopted in December 2000. The Directive imposes stringent controls on waste reception/handling, operational requirements, emission limits and monitoring and it would be helpful if its requirements could be mentioned in this guidance.