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Resolution No.6 of 2017 regarding the Executive Regulations for the Management of Hazardous, Medical, Municipal Solid Waste and Sludge.

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The Regulation consists of 80 articles and 9 Annexes. Section I refers to article 25 of the Law regarding Nuclear waste and prohibits (i) to use, bring, fill, dump, store, or dispose nuclear waste in any form in the entire territory of the State; and (ii) to pass nuclear waste through the country's territory by land, sea and air, without prior permission from the EPA in coordination with the concerned authorities, also providing a guide to procedures for obtaining a prior permit. Section II refers to article 26 of the Law regarding Low radioactive waste and deals with (i) classification; (ii) standards for permissible limits for solid waste; (iii) storage, including requirements, final treatment processes for radioactive waste, required procedures for the licensee, and requirements for the disposal. Section III refers to article 27 of the Law regarding Hazardous Waste and recommends the compliance with the International agreements on transport waste, such as the Basel Convention, ratified by Kuwait. Section IV refers to article 28 of the Law regarding Solid and Hazardous municipal waste, the health care waste and sludge and (i) prohibits to handle, manage, treat, recycle, or dispose hazardous wastes, in or out of Kuwait, except with a license issued by the competent authority and after the approval of the EPA, and deals with conditions for granting licenses, license application procedures, fees, and cases of revocation of license; (ii) provides for collection and transportation system of waste and residues, giving general measures and precautions, waste collection methods, requirements on entities whose activities generate waste, record-keeping and reporting requirements, precautionary measures for packaging, requirements for transporters and their vehicles, documents to be kept, storage requirements, requirements for treatment and disposal sites; (iii) provides for collection, transportation and storage of health care waste (both inside and outside the health facility), including specifications for plastic bags and containers for hazardous health care waste, and specifications of sharps waste containers; (iv) as for the sludge treatment plants, it deals with the requirements for pre-marketing and distribution of sewage sludge, standards and requirements for transportation and use, requirements for collecting and drying; (v) sets out the requirements related to the transportation of industrial liquid waste, including those for the tanker trucks. Section V refers to article 29 of the Law regarding the Disposal of hazardous waste, municipal solid waste, health care waste, and sludge, and prohibits to dispose waste - of all kinds - by direct filling in unallocated, unprepared, and environmentally unauthorized sites. It also regulates (i) sites of hazardous waste treatment and disposal facilities; (ii) treatment of reusable, non-reusable, and recyclable hazardous waste; (iii) measures to reduce the generation of hazardous waste; (iv) monitoring the ecosystems at sites for hazardous waste treatment and disposal; (v) requirements for locating hazardous waste landfills and their designation, as well as their management; (vi) requirements for sealing the site for hazardous waste disposal; (vii) technical requirements and specifications for incinerators; (viii) conditions for the treatment and disposal of healthcare waste. Section VI refers to article 30 regarding Disposal and recycling of municipal solid waste. It establishes that the authority concerned with the disposal, recycling and completion of the infrastructure for municipal solid waste recycling works is the Kuwait Municipality. As for the rules, it refers to the previous Section. Section VII refers to article 31 of the Law regarding the Register of hazardous waste, healthcare waste, and sludge, giving instructions for filling in the register. Section VIII refers to article 32 of the Law regarding Facilities for dumping, treating and burning municipal solid waste, providing for the specifications, controls and locations to which these facilities must comply. Section IX refers to article 35 of the Law regarding Drainage stations for sanitary and industrial liquid wastes for industrial areas whose responsibility is attributed to the Public Authority for Industry in terms of (i) waste management for indistrial areas; (ii) providing EPA with plans and establishment within six months of treatment plants for sewage and industrial wastewater; and (iii) providing EPA with the control plan for the sewage and industrial networks in industrial areas, together with the monitoring responsability. Section X refers to article 36 of the Law regarding the Establishment or expansion of landfills, and responsible body is the Kuwait Municipality. Section XI refers to article 37 of the Law regarding the Asbestos waste. It (i) analyzes definition, types and risks of asbestos; (ii) bans the use of asbestos except in accordance with the stated environmental conditions; (iii) lists the conditions must be adhered to in trading asbestos; (iv) environmental considerations to adhere to in choice of the burial site; (v) standards for preparing, operating, backfilling and storing asbestos waste; and (vi) the competent authority in case of finding asbetos waste. Section XII refers to article 38 of the Law regarding Sewage networks and rain networks and establishes that the authorities concerned with the construction of sewage and rain networks are obligated to take environmental approvals prior to their construction, and are committed to maintaining and controlling them to ensure the safety of the marine environment and the quality and efficiency of work in treatment plants. Section XIII refers to article 39 of the Law regarding Standard specifications for recycled materials and establishes that the concerned authorities are obligated to develop standard specifications for all recycled materials, the nature and quality, and the mechanisms for their use in order to achieve safety and efficiency of use.
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This Resolution enters into force on the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.
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Legislation Amendment
Original title
6 2017 ( 25 39 42 2014 )