Basel Agreement Plastic

On the basis of a long-standing provision of the Basel Convention, which provides for trade between countries that have ratified the Convention (i.e.: Unless there is a separate bilateral or multilateral agreement that meets certain criteria of the Basel Convention, contracting parties cannot negotiate with the United States plastic waste and scrap controlled by Basel. While the United States has such an agreement that regulates trade in non-hazardous plastic waste with member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), there remains a lot of uncertainty about the demands that OECD countries will place on this trade. In some cases, OECD countries may not allow trade in non-hazardous plastic waste with the United States, in accordance with the terms of the existing OECD agreement. In section IV of the decision (review of annexes I and III), the Conference of the Parties invited the expert group to review annexes I, III and IV and related aspects of annexes VIII and IX to consider, within its mandate, whether to add additional elements or features relating to plastic wastes to annexes I and III to the convention. In addition, the Conference of the Parties adopted decision BC-14/13 on further measures to combat plastic waste under the Basel Convention. Sections I, II, III and VII of this Decision contain a series of measures to prevent and minimise the generation of plastic waste, to improve its environmentally sound management and to control transboundary movements; reduce the risk of hazardous substances in plastic waste; and public awareness, education and information exchange….