#plastic #Basel Convention #chemicals & waste

The 11th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 11) of the Basel Convention, the world's only international treaty on waste control, concluded yesterday.

The proposal by Norway to add plastic waste to the list of wastes subject to the trade controls under the convention, a list of wastes for "special consideration" under the Convention that requires notification by exporting countries and consent by importing countries prior to export, which we mentioned in our previous report, received widespread welcome and support. Well, reservation and/or opposition is expected, as always, in international negotiation.

The meeting also recommended the creation of a multi-stakeholder global partnership on the minimization of plastic waste. Both proposals (partnership and trade control) will be forwarded to the 14th Conference of the Parties of the Basel Convention for a decision in April of 2019, where a binding resolution could be finally made.

Association 3 Herissons join our peer colleagues rejoicing on this positive move on plastic waste control. We'll be thrilled to bear witness of the next solid step in the COP venue next year!

For more details, please refer to the ENB report.