Successful management of mercury wastes requires ultimately the development and implementation of a system of policies, legislation and regulations, monitoring and enforcement, incentives and penalties, technologies and other tools in which all key stakeholders participate and cooperate.


Legislation on hazardous wastes should define hazardous wastes in accordance with the Basel Convention and include mercury wastes in the definition of hazardous wastes.


In order to engage and raise the awareness of relevant stakeholders:


  • Ensure that relevant information on ESM of mercury wastes is provided to those involved; directly address relevant institutions, facilities and companies
  • Instruct responsible persons at identified sources that mercury wastes are collected and managed separately
  • Offer guidance on how to deal with mercury wastes (identification, collection, handling, storage, disposal operations, etc.) that is easy to understand and use
  • Develop, document and disseminate solutions that are suitable and feasible within the domestic circumstances

Building a strategy for mercury waste management

Key steps in the environmentally sound storage and disposal of mercury wastes