Basel changes may have ‘bigger impact’ than China ban

Basel changes may have ‘bigger impact’ than China ban

The move last week by 187 governments to alter a global waste treaty will mean further uncertainty for U.S. scrap plastic exports.

Major plastics-related changes to the Basel Convention, first proposed by the government of Norway last year, were approved by all countries that have ratified and are party to the treaty. The changes take effect Jan. 1, 2021.

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International e-Waste Export Guideline Deemed Unready

International e-Waste Export Guideline  Deemed  Unready

The 14th Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention concluding last week, without approving in full the Technical Guidelines on the Transboundary Movement of e-Waste. The Guideline, which included an exemption from controls for e-wastes claimed for repair, failed to find the support for its final adoption after several years of negotiation. The guideline, once again was given interim adoption status, signaling more work is needed to address concerns raised again by developing countries that the exception can easily be exploited by exporters simply wishing to get rid of low-value electronic scrap. The Basel Convention seeks to prevent the export and dumping of hazardous wastes, particularly in developing countries. 

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Decision Adopted at COP14 Meeting

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Resource Recycling - Repair rift continues among Basel stakeholders

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Canada opposes ban on ‘indefensible’ practice of shipping hazardous waste to developing countries

Canada opposes ban on ‘indefensible’ practice of shipping hazardous waste to developing countries

A Seattle-based environmental organization is shaming Canada for refusing to support a ban on the dumping of hazardous waste in developing countries. The proposed amendment would strengthen an international treaty called the Basel Convention, which governs the global movement of hazardous waste. Canada, a signatory since 1989, has come under fire in recent years for allegedly violating the treaty. (CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP/GETTY IMAGES)


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Basel Convention Agrees to Control Plastic Waste Trade

Basel Convention Agrees to Control Plastic Waste Trade

The 14th Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Basel Convention today agreed to include mixed, unrecyclable and contaminated plastic waste exports into the control regime that requires the consent of importing countries before waste exports can proceed. The decision was hailed by the vast majority of the 187 nations present as well as by the Convention's environmental watchdog organization -- Basel Action Network (BAN) along with other civil society groups in attendance, as a breakthrough for environmental justice and an ethical circular economy.

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New Responsible Guideline for Trade in Used Electronic Equipment Published

New Responsible Guideline for Trade in Used Electronic Equipment Published

The Basel Action Network (BAN) today published its new Responsible Guideline on Transboundary Movements of Used Electronic Equipment and Electronic Waste to Promote an Ethical Circular Economy under the Basel Convention. This was developed as an alternative Guideline to the Basel Convention's Interim Guideline which has been fraught with controversy and lack of consensus.

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Highest Level of World’s Most Toxic Chemicals Found in African Free-Range Eggs: European E-Waste Dumping a Contributor

Highest Level of World’s Most Toxic Chemicals Found in African Free-Range Eggs: European E-Waste Dumping a Contributor

New research from IPEN and Basel Action Network (BAN) reveals dire human exposures and food chain contamination from highly toxic plastics in waste in Ghana that includes toxic e-waste shipped from Europe. Photograph: Cristina Aldehuela/AFP/Getty Images

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Largest e-recycling fraud in U.S. history sends owners of Kent firm to prison

Largest e-recycling fraud in U.S. history sends owners of Kent firm to prison

For years, environmentally conscious residents acrossthe Pacific Northwest have dutifully dropped off their broken LCD TVs and computer screens at special e-recycling centers for proper handling and disposal. For good reason: Tubes inside the flat-screen monitors contain mercury, a chemical that can cause organ damage and mental impairment if the fragile tubes shatter.

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Canada's Electronics Recycling Association Drops Defamation Suit Against BAN

The Canadian non-profit organization Electronics Recycling Association (ERA) has elected to drop their defamation lawsuit against Basel Action Network (BAN) and Executive Director, Jim Puckett, with prejudice and no other conditions. BAN, as part of its worldwide e-Trash Transparency Project, had reported that three GPS tracked e-waste devices that were deposited at ERA's drop sites in Canada went directly to Hong Kong and Pakistan.

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Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations Obtains e-Stewards® Certification

Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations Obtains e-Stewards® Certification

Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations, a full‐service electronics and materials lifecycle management corporation providing solutions for electronics recycling, materials recovery, legislative compliance, IT asset disposition (ITAD), product refurbishment, remarketing and resale, and data security, today announced that its corporate headquarters location is now e‐Stewards certified.

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