Chemical Leasing Toolkit

Basel Convention

The objective of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal is to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of hazardous wastes. It covers a wide range of wastes defined as “hazardous wastes” based on their origin and/or composition and their characteristics. It also covers two types of wastes defined as “other wastes” - household waste and incinerator ash.

The provisions of the Convention focus on:

  • the reduction of hazardous waste generation and the promotion of environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes, wherever the place of disposal;
  • the restriction of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes except where they are perceived to be in accordance with the principles of environmentally sound management; and
  • a regulatory system applying to cases where transboundary movements are permissible.

Waste prevention and environmentally sound management of wastes are an inherentl part of the Chemical Leasing concept. In many Chemical Leasing business cases the chemical supplier not only advises on efficient use of chemicals but also takes care of the chemical waste, recycling and/or final treatment.

Waste Prevention: The Chemical Leasing concept aims at the most efficient possible use of resources, thereby minimising the generation of waste. The major focus is on recycling and re-use, with financial incentives linked to using less material in the first place.  Closed loop solutions are encouraged, thereby preventing the production of waste. All of these measures are aligned with the Basel Convention principles.

Waste Management: Chemical Leasing encourages chemical suppliers to take the responsibility for ensuring that any hazardous waste generated is collected, stored, transported and treated either for re-use or prior to disposal in a safe manner.