The Government of Belize, through the Department of the Environment (DOE), has acquired and installed a medical waste autoclave system at the Mile 3 Transfer Station in Belize City. This autoclave system was acquired through a National Demonstration Project to ensure the environmentally sound management of medical waste in Belize and to reduce the release of Unintentionally Produced Persistent Organic Pollutants (uPOPs).
Medical waste is classified as hazardous by the Hazardous Waste Regulations and in accordance with the Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Waste, which Belize is a party to. The improper burning and incineration of medical waste is a major source of uPOPs.
A Medical Waste Disposal Plan was developed, along with a National Project Working Committee, to provide oversight of the National Demonstration Project. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the implementing agency for this demonstration project, which is necessary to meet Belize's obligation under the Stockholm Convention on POPs.
The public is hereby notified that no person/entity should conduct open burning or incineration of medical waste. Generators of medical waste are required to keep adequate records of the dates, types and amounts of medical waste generated, and the date and locations where such waste are shipped for disposal. Failure to comply is a violation of Regulation 23 of the Hazardous Waste Regulation, 2009 and upon summary conviction can be fined. The DOE is implementing a medical waste collection and transport program that will assist medical waste generators in facilitating the proper handling, treatment, and disposal of medical waste.
For more information, kindly visit our website at www.doe.gov.bz
to access the Hazardous Waste Regulations and www.stopthepops.com
to learn more about uPOPs.