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BAN director gives his take on recent Basel amendment

Published: June 30, 2022
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New e-scrap export oversight regulations will mean changes for e-scrap processors who ship overseas. | mayday6510/Shutterstock

The director of the Basel Action Network shared his thoughts in a recent webinar on an amendment to the Basel Convention and outlined what he sees as the next steps, including digitizing the prior informed consent procedure.

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Treaty tightens regulations on global e-scrap trade

Published: June 16, 2022
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Countries on June 15 approved changes to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. | Credit: IISD/ENB | Angeles Estrada Vigil

Basel Convention changes approved this week may drastically reduce – or at least complicate –  U.S. exports of non-hazardous e-scrap.

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Researchers propose global ‘ultimate producer responsibility’

Published: May 12, 2022
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Researchers suggest implementing ultimate producer responsibility policy would improve labor conditions for the thousands of people working in the informal waste management sector. | DimiSotirov/Shutterstock

More than two dozen researchers and e-scrap experts from nine countries are calling for a global extended producer responsibility system that ensures European producers take care of e-scrap after it’s exported.

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E-scrap export restriction proposal moves to Senate

Published: February 10, 2022
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A bill passed by the U.S. House prohibits the export of e-scrap, with a number of exceptions. | Dennis Diatel/Shutterstock

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the America COMPETES Act on Feb. 4, moving a restriction of e-scrap exports closer to becoming law than previous efforts achieved.

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As bill nears finish line, senators urge e-scrap export ban

Published: March 24, 2022
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Lawmakers have included an e-scrap exports ban in the U.S. House version of the America COMPETES Act. | Jordi Prats/Shutterstock

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Two U.S. senators have reintroduced the Secure E-waste Export and Recycling Act as a tactic to push inclusion of e-scrap export prohibition text in the final version of the America COMPETES Act. 

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New tariff codes may better describe e-scrap exports

Published: March 3, 2022
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Updated tariff codes may help provide more specific detail of what e-scrap commodities are part of the export stream. | phil berry/Shutterstock

A newly adopted schedule of tariff codes provides more detailed categories for e-scrap shipments moving over international borders. The changes could usher in a more detailed look at U.S. exports of key e-scrap commodities.

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