Talking to environment journalists, the director general said disposal of hazardous waste is a global problem, explaining in the past half decade NEMC has remained watchful on disposal of such waste in order to protect Tanzania’s environment. Hazardous waste that gets into environment, he explained, has long-lasting harmful effects on the lives of people and other living organisms. Expert considerations have to be exhausted before granting permit on disposal of hazardous waste.
“We must always bear in mind the fact that Tanzania belongs to the present and future generations, so is its environment. We are the ones with the duty to protect Tanzania’s environment for the good of this and coming generations. We have to ensure hazardous waste is disposed in the most appropriate way and does not find its way into environment,” he explained. Therefore, he explained, 151 out of 481 applications have been granted permits.
The DG said NEMC verified and supervised disposal of 2,493 tonnes and 2,480 litres of hazardous waste that included expired chemicals and pharmaceuticals. He also said 15,000 inspections were made on facilities that have environment impact assessment certificates.
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