Environmentally Sound Management of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Industrial and Hazardous Waste Sectors in Bosnia and Herzegovina

POPs Project

With the aim to support the elimination and reduction of the release of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) into the environment, the United Nations member states signed the Stockholm Convention in 2001. Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has ratified this Convention in 2010, thus, the country should meet its requirements, which include avoiding the use of hazardous POPs by shifting to safer alternatives and removing old supplies and equipment containing these substances.

POPs Project

 

POPs Project 

The goal of the project Environmentally Sound Management of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Industrial and Hazardous Waste Sectors in BiH is to reduce risk for people’s health and the environment through the prevention of U-POP releases, shifting from POPs toward non-POPs chemicals in the plastic industry, and sound destruction of at least 50 tons of POPs waste.

Project Components

  • Capacity building and mainstreaming of POPs related legislation into the process of harmonization of the environmental legislation in the country.
  • Prevention and monitoring of unintentional POPs (U-POPs) generation and of release of POPs through minimization, segregation and environmentally sound management of selected hazardous waste stream.
  • Implementation of green chemistry principles in plastic and other manufacturing, to prevent the use of and release of new POPs.
  • Management and disposal of PCBs and/or other POPs from abandoned industrial premises.
  • Monitoring, learning, adaptive feedback and evaluation.
  • Development of inventory of cooling equipment.
  • Responsible management of potentially infectious waste in relation to COVID-19 public health crisis (Covid waste component). 

Results

  • Completed Gap Analysis of Institutional and Legal Readiness to Implement the Stockholm Convention with Roadmap in BiH, 
  • Prepared and unrolled training program for civil servants on POPs related topics,
  • Developed inventory of POPs substances,
  • Developed Manual on enforcement of the Stockholm Convention for customs officers,
  • Developed Feasibility Study on Implementation of Container Management System (WCMS) in BiH,
  • Properly collected and disposed 2.5 t of pesticide containers,
  • Developed and presented Manual on Application of Green Chemistry Principles in Industry,
  • Delivered Remediation and Recultivation Project Design for one PCB contaminated location,
  • Prepared initial inventory of Ozone Depleting Substance (ODS) within cooling equipment,
  • Procured and distributed nine sterilizers for treatment and management of infectious waste,
  • Trained 286 healthcare professionals in 25 healthcare facilities on proper management of medical waste,
  • Completed rapid assessment on management of infectious waste for six hospitals and 20 outpatient clinics severely affected by COVID-19 pandemic.

Goals moving forward

  • Build capacity for laboratory sampling and analysis of POPs and U-POPs,
  • Apply green chemistry principles in production of selected industries,
  • Prepare remediation and recultivation designs for four contaminated sites,
  • Develop Information system module for equipment containing Ozone Depleting Substances.

For more information about POPs project:

ℹ https://popsinfo.com/ 

ℹ Project's leaflet

POPs factsheet

 


Proper use of chemicals leads to healthy fruit and vegetables in nutrition by POPs on Exposure


Healthy soil will provide for healthy food by POPs on Exposure

Status:

Ongoing

Start date:

June 2019

Estimated end date:

June 2024

Focus Area:

Energy and Environment

Donor:

Government of Sweden

Project value:

6 million EUR

Partners:

Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of BiH, Ministry of Spatial Planning, Civil Engineering and Ecology of the RS, Ministry of Environment and Tourism of the FBiH, Department of Spatial Planning and Property Affairs of the Brčko District BiH.