Other key outcomes of the five-day meeting include moves to -
- ensure strong controls on the rapidly growing ship dismantling industry,
- progress developing global recycling guidelines for used computers and
- support for furthering the objectives of the Ban Amendment to the Convention which prohibits the export of hazardous waste from developed countries to developing countries.
The Executive Secretary of the Basel Convention, Katharina Kummer Peiry, said the forum's positive results come at a time of renewed interest in the management of transboundary movements and disposal of hazardous wastes.
"The international community is signaling its support for increased efforts to promote the environmentally sound management of waste during a time of transition with new waste streams, new technological developments and ways in which waste moves around the world," Ms. Kummer Peiry said.
The main outcomes furthermore included endorsement by Parties to the Basel Convention of:
· Revised technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management of used tyres
· Technical guidelines on the environmentally sound management of mercury wastes, and
· Draft technical guidelines on the co-processing of hazardous waste in cement kilns.
The wide-ranging recommendations from the meeting will be put to the Basel Convention's next Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to be held in
, from 17-21 October 2011. Cartagena, Colombia
Source: RecyclingPortal.EU (Sourced from UNEP). 18 May 2010