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UN Members Choke Waste Exports Despite U.S. Opposition (1)

May 10, 2019, 8:20 PMUpdated: May 10, 2019, 10:18 PM

More than 180 governments agreed May 10 to strengthen global regulations on the trade of plastic waste.

Starting in 2020, governments that export plastics that are mixed or contaminated must obtain prior informed consent from importing countries before they can ship their non-recycled waste abroad.

Parties to the Basel Convention—which defines limits on the cross-border movement of hazardous waste and its disposal—agreed to amend the global treaty to include plastic waste “in a legally-binding framework that will make global trade in plastic waste more transparent and better regulated,” according to a UN press release following the decision.

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