Stricter E-waste Guidelines From 2015 COPs? Not Yet.


Stricter guidelines are needed for CRT management. Image: ©Basel Action Network, 2013

At the 2015 meeting of parties for the Basel Convention, e-waste guidelines were passed “…that will allow electronics waste traders to simply claim electronics as repairable and export such dangerous waste outside of the convention,” according to Jim Puckett, Executive Director of the Basel Action Network.

Despite objections from India, and the disassociation to the proceedings by certain countries, including Argentina, India, and Mexico, the unfinished guidelines were passed at 1 am on May 16th.

These new guidelines are cloudy on issues pressing the e-waste industry:

  • cathode ray tube (CRT) disposal
  • electronic repair parts
  • short-term life used electronics

Lack of comprehensive and strict e-waste guidelines could mean more e-waste exportation to developing nations and more e-waste polluting global communities and ecosystems.

Read more on the 2015 Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm conference of parties (Triple COPs).

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