The Pulse of ITAD: Basel Proposal Pushes to Further Regulate e-Scrap Exports

Brooks Hoffman

Switzerland and Ghana have recently submitted proposals to modify the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal – an international treaty governing how waste is moved around the world. The proposal would change how some waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is managed under the convention. Ghana and Switzerland are requesting that the convention be modified so that non-hazardous loads would be subject to the same consent procedure as hazardous materials, effectively increasing regulation and oversight. The countries note that the change would enable tracking and monitoring of all e-scrap shipments; make the importing process simpler for receiving countries; and help reduce illegal trade of e-scrap.

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