Senegal will soon have a law on the management of hazardous waste, official sources in Dakar revealed.
“This law aims to organise the environmentally-sound management of hazardous waste in Senegal to ensure that they do not create damage to the environment and the health of people, animals and natural ecosystems,”Benoit Cacheu, a law expert at the Senegalese ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development declared.
He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a workshop aimed at sharing and validating the draft bill on the management of hazardous waste in Senegal.
If adopted, the new law will be responsible for preventing the threat posed by hazardous waste, organising their collection, regulating the sites and facilities for their treatment and defining the roles and responsibilities of those involved in their management, among others.
“The law to be adopted is quite in line with the provisions of the Basel and Stockholm conventions on the management of hazardous waste. All the more since Senegal ratified these conventions,” Sarr of the Directorate of Environment and Classified Establishments said.