SERI board member and former Executive Secretary of the Basel Convention has a new article published in the September issue of Recycling International in which she explains the difficulties and problems with the Ban Amendment to the Basel Convention - as currently written:
Another common misconception is that the Ban Amendment would generally prohibit exports from developed to developing countries. In reality, owing to geopolitical changes over recent decades, ‘OECD member’ no longer automatically equates with ‘developed country’.
For example, Chile, Mexico and Turkey are members of the OECD, but are in some policy contexts considered developing countries; Saudi Arabia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates are not OECD members, but nobody would question their status as highly-developed economies. A number of the EU’s newest members are not members of the OECD, for example Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania and Malta. Therefore, banning exports from EU and OECD states to non-members of these organisations is not necessarily the same as banning exports from developed to developing countries. For example, the Ban Amendment would prohibit exports from Mexico to Singapore while allowing ship- ments from Saudi Arabia to Turkey.
The article goes into more detail about some of the problems with implementing the amendment, as well as the need to agree on universal definitions of hazardous waste.
The article can be found at the Recycling International website, and is also reprinted with permission here.