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Wastes Control Act

  • Domestic environmental law for hazardous wastes
    • 1. Derived from industrial waste under Chapter 8 of the "Environmental Conservation Act" enacted in 1977
    • 2. Wholly changed to the Wastes Control Act, enacted in 1986, and is currently used to manage controlled wastes.
    • 3. Added and managed under the "Toxic Chemicals Control Act" (toxic substances) in 1990, "Act on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal" in 1992 and "Act on the Promotion of Saving and Recycling of Resources" enacting the list of waste fees and charges and finally managed as hazardous wastes by adding hospital waste (infectious waste) under the Ministry of Health and Welfare

"Act on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal"

  • The "Act on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal" of the Basel Convention came into effect in May 1995 as domestic law and classified waste as red, yellow or green according to OECD standards. However, OECD's list of wastes were amended on March 15, 2004 according to the Basel waste list so as to reflect international trends in Korea, and the waste list of transboundary movement control under the "Act on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal" was revised. Controlled wastes with transboundary movement controlled by the "Act on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal" include 86 species, specified and managed as 61 A list types, 2 Y code types, and 23 OECD list types.

Notification of the Ministry of the Environment

  • In cases of toxic waste, the list is managed frequently by notification, and the list of waste according to the 「Act on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal」 was enacted by Notification No. 1994-93 of the Ministry of the Environment, Dec. 5, 1994, was amended by Notification No. 1998-78 of the Ministry of the Environment, Jul. 15, 1998, and was amended by Notification No. 2006-138 of the Ministry of the Environment, Aug. 28, 2006 to exist in current form.