Seychelles Sustainable Development Strategy

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Waste is clearly defined in the Environment Protection Act (1994). Waste means garbage, refuse, sludge, construction debris and other discarded substances resulting from industrial and commercial operations or from domestic activities.  The main institutions involved in solid waste management are SWAC and MET. The private company STAR Seychelles has been contracted in 1996 to collect and treat solid waste through landfill. Two landfills have been constructed and are in use; one at Anse Royale which is used for residues and inert waste, and the other on La Digue which is used for mixed waste.


 The 1995 ITW report puts the component of the municipal waste generated at 40,000 tonnes per annum (110 tonnes/day). The biodegradable fraction has increased to around 33% with a volume of about 60 tonnes per day. Total generated waste in 1995 was 24,000 tonnes. It is estimated to rise to 34,800 tonnes a year by 2016. Per capita waste production is thought to be 0.34 tonnes per year. To manage this issue, Education and awareness programmes have been implemented and are ongoing.


Industrial waste originates largely from the fishing industry. Some of this waste is processed as animal feed. In regards to hazardous waste there are no special facilities established as waste oils are exported by STAR to Reunion and there are no productions of radioactive waste.