Waigani Convention

This page contains information on the Convention to Ban the Importation into Forum Island Countries of Hazardous and Radioactive Wastes and to Control the Transboundary Movement and Management of Hazardous Wastes within the South Pacific Region (Waigani Convention), 1995, which New Zealand ratified on 30 November 2000.

About the Waigani Convention

The Waigani Convention is a regional agreement under the 1989 Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. It applies the strict controls of the Basel Convention to the South Pacific area, and ensures that hazardous waste cannot travel from New Zealand or Australia to another Pacific country, or to Antarctica.

Like the Basel Convention, it aims to both reduce the amount of waste produced by signatories, and regulates the international traffic in hazardous.

Importing hazardous waste into New Zealand

New Zealand has implemented the Basel and Waigani Conventions in a number of ways.

One of the main ways is through the Imports and Exports (Restrictions) Prohibition Order (No 2) 2004 [NZ Legislation website]. This Order requires permits from the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to import waste in line with these agreements. For information on whether you need to apply for a permit, please visit the EPA website.

You can also get advice on the classification of waste materials and the application process by contacting the Hazardous Substances team at the EPA by emailing importexport@epa.govt.nz.

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