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A Toxics-Free Future


Basel Convention

This version of the Basel Ban Amendment Guide includes a section discussing implications for implementation in India.

This report relates to Sustainable Development Goals 10, 11, and 13.

A container full of imported plastic waste is inspected by the local environment office at the Batu Ampar port in Indonesia on June 15, 2019.
Photographer: Andaru/AFP via Getty Images

The European Union plans to go further than an international treaty in restricting exports of plastic waste, potentially spelling problems for the bloc in dealing with hard-to-recycle material.

Groups pursue ban on waste trade as the first anniversary of the re-exportation of Canadian garbage dumped in the Philippines on May 31 nears

(Quezon City, Philippines) - Civil society groups marked the first anniversary of the repatriation of 69 container vans of rotting Canadian garbage to their source with a resounding plea for decisive policy actions to prevent its recurrence and to defend environmental justice and the rule of law.

Advocating for Ratification of the Basel Ban Amendment

After a slew of toxic trade disasters in the 1970s and 1980s that saw rich, highly industrialized countries dumping their hazardous wastes on poorer developing countries, the international community rallied together to reject the free trade of hazardous wastes. In 1995, the Ban Amendment was adopted to strengthen the Basel Convention to absolutely forbid all exports of hazardous wastes for any reason from developed to developing countries.