Basel Agreement Waste

With a delay until 26 An adviser is sought with the Division of Scientific and Technical Assistance of the Secretariat for Chemicals and Waste Management in case of emergencies, conflicts and disasters in the field of public health. Annex IX attempts to define “goods” that are not considered waste and that would be excluded. The Basel Convention establishes a comprehensive system for the control of hazardous wastes shipped from one country to another. States Parties to the Convention are not permitted to trade with non-Contracting Parties with hazardous wastes, but Article 11 of the Convention provides that Contracting Parties may conclude agreements or arrangements either with other Parties or with non-Contracting Parties. The Waigani Convention (Convention on the Prohibition of the Import of Hazardous and Radioactive Wastes into the Forum Island States and the Control of the Transboundary Movement and Management of Hazardous Wastes in the South Pacific Region) is one such agreement, which entered into force in October 2001. The OECD Council also has its own control system governing the cross-border movement of dangerous substances between OECD Member States. In particular, this allows OECD countries to continue to trade with countries such as the United States that have not ratified the Basel Convention. The Agreement provides that the exporting country shall notify the intended transfer to the country of destination and to any countries of transit. Shipments of waste may take place only after the agreement of the transit and receiving countries. The Convention also requires that an international accompanying document accompany shipments of waste from the place of origin to its final recovery or disposal. The United States participates in a legally binding agreement with OECD members that governs transboundary shipments of waste for recovery.

The OECD Council Decision on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Wastes for Recovery is a multilateral agreement that establishes procedural and physical controls for the import and export of hazardous wastes for recovery between OECD Member States. Recovery operations relate to activities that lead to recovery, recycling, recovery, direct reuse or other uses (see Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations or CFR in paragraph 262.81). . . .