It considers the Basel Convention
, (77) as the only treaty that attempts to regulate this practice; (78) the Aarhus Convention, as the only existing treaty that makes an explicit reference to the promotion of environmental justice; and finally, the Lome Convention, which has banned the exportation of toxic waste from European Countries to African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries.
Kuehr does support such a ban in accordance with the 1989 Basel Convention
on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal, but he also supports reuse of electronic equipment--which may necessitate international shipments--to reduce the environmental footprint associated with manufacturing.
A proposal to ban hazardous waste shipments to developing countries will be a key discussion item at the week-long 10th Conference of the Parties (COP10) to the Basel Convention
, set to begin Oct.
Pakistan, May 16 -- The Basel Convention
on the Control of Trans-boundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal is an international treaty designed to reduce the movement of hazardous waste between nations, specifically to prevent its transfer from developed to less developed countries.
is the only industrialized nation that has not ratified the Basel Convention
, which controls and prohibits the dumping of toxic waste in developing countries.
"If any company is found to have contravened the strict controls on the export of waste as set out by the Basel Convention
, the Environment Agency will not hesitate to take enforcement action."
The international shipping of electronic waste, or "e-waste," is regulated by the 1989 Basel Convention
, which requires signatories to notify developing nations of incoming hazardous waste shipments.
How the Major Components of the Basel Convention
The Commerce Division informed the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) last month that the import of scrap slag, ash and residues containing metals, arsenic or their compounds containing mainly aluminium had been banned on account of being hazardous waste as defined and classified in the Basel Convention
As a final step, at the end of a two-week meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, the Basel Convention
, a treaty that regulates the movement of hazardous materials from one country to another, reached a historic agreement.
In 1989, in response to the growing environmental problem of waste colonialism, the Basel Convention
sought to manage the transboundary movement of waste.
Last year, 187 countries agreed to add plastic to the Basel Convention
, a treaty that regulates the movement of hazardous materials between countries.