Basel Agreement E-Waste

The current consensus is that the export of electrical waste to non-terrestrial locations would not be covered, as the specific definition of space is not considered a “country”. Training workshops to improve the capacity of parties to dispose of electrical and electronic waste are classified as hazardous waste due to the presence of toxic substances such as mercury, lead and bromine flame retardants. Electronic waste may also contain precious metals such as gold, copper and nickel, as well as rare materials of strategic value such as indium and palladium. These precious and heavy metals could be recovered, recycled and used as a valuable source of secondary raw materials. Electrical waste has been shown to be shipped to developing countries where it is often not exploited in an environmentally sound manner, posing a serious threat to both human health and the environment. The e-waste Africa programme is a broad programme aimed at improving the environmental policy of electrical waste and creating social and economic conditions conducive to partnerships and small businesses in the recycling sector in Africa. Since 2002, the Basel Convention has addressed issues related to electrical waste, including ecologically sound management; Preventing illegal trafficking to developing countries and building capacity around the world to better manage electrical waste. The Mobile Phone Partnership Initiative (MPPI) was adopted at the sixth meeting of the Basel Convention Parties` Conference. In addition to the above import and export conditions, strict requirements apply to advertising, consent and monitoring of waste transfers across national borders. It should be noted that the Convention provides for a blanket ban on the export or importation of waste between parties and non-parties. An exception to this rule is that waste is subject to another contract that is not exempt from the Basel Convention.

The United States is a remarkable part of the convention and has a number of such agreements that allow the shipment of hazardous waste to the countries of the contracting part of Basel. The e-waste work plan adopted by COP9 at COP14 includes activities in the following areas: The initial phase of the programme consists of the E-Waste Africa project and the complementary activities initiated by the project and implemented by partner organisations. Following the completion of the E-Waste Africa project, follow-up measures are expected to help countries in the region solve e-waste problems. The aim of the project is to improve the capacity of West Africa and other African countries to tackle the growing problem of electrical waste. In practical terms, these are electrical and electronic devices when they become waste (electronic waste) such as personal computers. B, printers, televisions, mobile phones, refrigerators and air conditioning systems, and is now one of the fastest waste streams in the world. Financial support: European Commission, Norway, United Kingdom and Dutch Recycling Association (NVMP). General Coordination: Secretariat of the Basel Convention Following the blocking of the Ban Amendment, Switzerland and Indonesia have launched a “country initiative” (CLI) to informally discuss a way forward to ensure that cross-border transfers of hazardous waste, particularly to developing and transition countries, do not lead to unsustainable disposal of hazardous waste.

The aim of this discussion is to find solutions to why hazardous waste is always sent to countries that are unable to treat it safely.

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