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Uganda - Apply for License to Operate a Waste Disposal Site or Treatment Plant

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Procedure[edit]

  1. The Technical Committee shall issue to an applicant a licence to own or operate a waste treatment plant or waste disposal site if -
    • written approval has been obtained by the disposer from the local environment committee and district environment committee within whose jurisdiction the waste disposal site or plant is located;
    • if the Technical Committee is satisfied that the applicant has the ability and the appropriate facilities to manage the site or plant without causing damage to public health and the environment;taking into account the findings of the environmental impact assessment submitted by the owner or operator; and
    • The Technical committee allows the applicant to give notice in the government Gazette and in one or more local newspapers of daily circulation in Uganda as the Authority shall deem fit,on the proposed waste treatment plant or waste disposal site, sixty days before the issue of the licence.
  2. A licence to own or operate a waste disposal site or plant shall be in Form VI and shall be accompanied by the appropriate fee prescribed in the regulations.
  3. A person licenced to own or operate a waste treatment plant or disposal site shall ensure that -
    • the waste treatment plant or disposal site is a radius of at least one thousand metres away from a residential or commercial area and from water sources;
    • the waste treatment plant or disposal site is enclosed and secure from scavengers;
    • the waste treatment or disposal site has hazard and safety signs displayed at appropriate places, indicating the treatment plant or disposal site and the nature of operations it carries out.
    • the waste treatment or disposal site is operated in a way which -
    • avoids polluting surface and underground water;
    • avoids the emission of noxious smells from the plant or site to levels beyond a standard established under section 28 of the Statute;
    prevents the breeding of rats, mosquitoes or other vermin at the site or plant;
    • any waste deemed not to be hazardous under these regulations at the treatment plantor disposal site is compacted to a thickness of approximately three meters or less for each layer of waste and that each layer is covered with thirty centimetres of soil;
    • hazardous waste is disposed off or treated in accordance with conditions laid down in the licence or in accordance with guidelines issued by the Authority in consultation withthe lead agency;
    • means of ventilation are provided at the disposal site or plant to allow escape bio-gas generated from the site or plant and that any noxious smell from the disposal site or plantis controlled;
    • the personnel working at the waste treatment plant or disposal site are provided with -
    • adequate protective and safety clothing;
    • adequate water and appropriate equipment or facilities for the operation of the treatment plant or disposal site;
    • first aid facilities and training;
    • the personnel working at the waste treatment plant or disposal site undergo an annual medical check up;
    • human waste or sewage is treated at a waste treatment plant or disposal site before disposal;
    • measures to control and prevent scattering of paper or other light waste materials are installed at the waste treatment plant or disposal site.
  4. The Technical Committee may impose conditions on a licence for the operation of awaste treatment or disposal site as it considers necessary.
  5. A licence to own or operate a waste treatment plant or disposal site is valid for one year and may be renewed: except that the Technical Committee may limit the duration of the license for a period of less than one year, but not less than six months.
  6. The Authority may, where it deems it necessary, issue a licence to an applicant under regulation 7 for the temporary storage of any waste pending final disposal of the waste:and the temporary storage shall meet the standards required for the disposal of that category of waste as required by the Regulations.
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Required Documents[edit]

  • Attach application fee receipt/bank slip
  • Certificate of registration
  • PIN number and attach the PIN certificate
  • Survey of Uganda grid reference A4 site plan
  • Approval of town/country planning authority
  • Executive summary of the environmental impact assessment (EIA)
  • A copy of EIA licence/copy of NEMA EA acknowledgement letter
  • Application form to have company stamp
  • Proposed methods of nuisance control
  • Evidence of proposed controls of handling emissions
  • Detailed measures to control fire
  • Accident and emergency procedure and include training, first aid and signage
  • List of equipment to be used on site showing their maintenance programme
  • Environmental maintenance plan

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

The National Environment Management Authority
Plot 17/19/21 Jinja Road, NEMA House
P.O Box 22255, Kampala Uganda
Telephone : 0414 425 068
ALT phone : 0414 257 521
Toll Free : 0800 144 444
E-MAIL: [email protected]
website: National Environmental Management Authority

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Eligibility[edit]

  • Any person who owns or operates a waste treatment site, plant, or generated hazardous waste

Fees[edit]

  • Application Fees: 50,000 Ugx
  • License Fee: 300,000 Ugx


Validity[edit]

  • 12 months

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

  • Maximum Processing Time: 60 days

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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Please remove the '&' inside the tags during implementation.
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sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
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Instructions[edit]

A waste treatment plant or disposal site shall not be licenced unless an environmental impact assessment has been carried out in accordance with sections 19, 20 and 21 of the Act. A person who -

  • (a) operates or owns a waste disposal site without a licence;
  • (b) discharges waste onto a site or plant which is unlicensed, commits an offence
  • An operator of a waste treatment plant or disposal site shall carry out an annual audit of the environmental performance of the site or plant and shall submit a report to the Authority.
  • Any person intending to operate a wastes treatment site or plant or to generate hazardous waste, shall prior to transporting the wastes, commencing with the operation of a wastes treatment site or plant or generating hazardous wastes, as the case may be, apply to the Authority in writing for the grant of an appropriate licence.
  • A licence to operate a waste disposal site or plant may only be granted subject to the payment of the appropriate fee and any other licence that may be required by the relevant Local Authority.

Required Information[edit]

  • Name and address of applicant
  • PIN Number
  • Location and district of plant/site
  • Approval of Town/Country Planning Authority
  • Types of waste to be disposed of at plant/site
  • Quantity being disposed off/per annum (tonnes/kg)
  • Type of facilities/treatment to be carried on at plant/site
  • Estimated life span of plant/site
  • Proposed hectarage/area of plant/site (including plan or designs)
  • Executive summary of environmental impact statement
  • Previous License Number
  • E.I.A. License Number
  • Any other information
  • Date
  • Signature
  • Designation/Title
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Need for the Document[edit]

  • Any operator of a treatment site or plant should apply the relevant provisions on waste treatment under the Local Government Act and Regulations to ensure that such waste does not present any imminent and substantial danger to public health, the environment and natural resources and issued with Waste Treatment License.
  • No owner or operator of a trade or industrial undertaking should discharge or dispose of any waste in any state into the environment, unless the waste has been treated in a treatment facility and in a manner prescribed by the Authority in consultation with the relevant lead agency.


Information which might help[edit]

  • Any operator of a disposal site or plant should apply the relevant provisions on waste treatment under the Local Government Act and Regulations thereunder to ensure that such waste does not present any imminent and substantial danger to public health, the environment and natural resources.
  • A licence to operate a waste disposal site or plant shall be valid for a period of one year from the date of issue and may be renewed for a further similar period on such terms and conditions as the Authority may deem necessary or impose for purposes of insuring public health and sound environmental management.
  • Where a disposer intends to dispose of or treat waste, the disposer shall, in addition to the matters required , indicate in his or her application for a licence, the disposal operations he or she intends to carry out in accordance with the categories identified in the regulations.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

The purpose of the license is to regulate waste treatment facilities

External Links[edit]

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Others[edit]

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