The Seychelles generate on average 48,000 tons of waste per year. Communal bins sites around the islands are still the mode of waste collection for refused compacted trucks which transfer the wastes to a controlled landfill at Providence. Communal bins sites around the islands are still the mode of waste collection for refused compacted trucks which transfer the wastes to a controlled landfill
The Ministry is responsible for developing and implementing all waste management policy and regulatory frameworks. The waste management and policy Section of the Environment Department is responsible for developing all policies regarding waste, waste collection, characterization, treatment and disposal. All disposal procedures pertaining to waste transportation and disposal under the Basel Convention Basel Rotterdam Stockholm Convention (these three conventions together manage the way in which chemicals and their derivatives are produced, transported across and within boundaries, the way they are handled and their final disposal. There are a number of procedures in place which regulates these chemicals and waste in the Seychelles. For instance forms have to be completed and permits issued in order for a person to export waste oil, car batteries, scrap metals, pet bottles, aluminium can from the Seychelles. Similarly a form needs to be completed and permit issued in order for a person to dispose of any hazardous waste including asbestos, waste oil, expired medication and chemicals to the landfill). The Ministry oversee the implementation of the Waste Management Policy, solid waste Master Plan and other contractual documents with any projects under the Basel and Rotterdam convention.
The Landscape and Waste Management Agency (LWMA) is the Agency responsible for the management of waste in the Seychelles. It is responsible for waste collection, treatment, disposal and management. It manages the different contractors involved in waste and landfill management in the Seychelles. The majority of the works are being undertaken by STAR Seychelles whilst beach cleaning and part of the waste collection is subcontracted. STAR Seychelles is a locally registered foreign which has been in waste management since 1997 and whose contract will be coming to an end by December 2017. STAR Seychelles was responsible for road cleaning but these contracts were subsequently subcontracted to local cleaning contractors. Cleaning of the feeder roads, i.e. the smaller roads that feed into the districts from secondary roads, are also done by local contractors.
LWMA also issues contracts for trimming of branches above primary and secondary roads, cleaning of the inter-island quay car park, de-littering and cutting of grass at Beau Vallon and maintenance of the public toilet at the Victoria taxi stand.
Currently the country produces about 3000 tons of waste per month, a third of which comes directly from residential bin sites and retail shops. LWMA is yet to practice sorting of waste but due to the presence of a scrap metal company at Providence, most of the scrap metals are sorted on site by the disposer. Green wastes are also composted at STAR but again this depends on the disposer transporting green waste only.
Sorting of waste is yet to be practiced but due to the presence of a scrap metal company at Providence, most of the scrap metals are sorted on site by the disposer.
Seychelles is signatory to the four chemical conventions: Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm and Minamata. The Ministry acts as national focal point for these four conventions. These conventions together manage the way in which chemicals and their derivatives are produced, transported across and within boundaries, the way they are handled and their final disposal. Seychelles follows the obligations and recommendations of these conventions concerning the transport and disposal of waste. In 2017 Seychelles produced the world’s first Minamata Initial Assessment on Mercury implementing the first obligations of this newest of the four conventions.
From mid-2017 the Ministry is implementing a policy for the banning of certain types of plastic bags, so as to reduce waste caused by one-use bags (these may occupy up to 40% of total waste volume). For details on the Ministry’s plastic bag ban click here.