Reported by: Ch. Muhammad Natiq
Pakistan is importing massive amounts of hazardous waste from several countries, including the United Kingdom, Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, a parliamentary committee was informed on Thursday.
The United Kingdom alone dumped nearly 40,000 tonnes of waste in Pakistan last year, which lacked the capacity to separate regular and hazardous waste, resulting in serious environmental and health concerns.
Besides, 25,000 tonnes came from Iran and nearly 20,000 tonnes from the UAE, Senior Joint Secretary Ministry of Climate Change Syed Mujtaba Hussain briefed the committee members.
The Senate Standing Committee on Climate Change met for a briefing on the National Hazardous Waste Management Policy 2022 besides other agenda items, including Pakistan’s commitment to the international community to reduce carbon emissions.