UN agrees new steps to curb waste dumping

Basel convention parties respond to Ivory Coast scandal, move to regulate electronic waste

Parties to the UN Basel convention agreed new measures to control hazardous waste dumping and initiatives to tackle growing volumes of electronic waste at a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, last week.

The eighth conference of parties was overshadowed by a toxic dumping scandal in the Ivory Coast several months ago, which has also galvanised the EU into introducing new controls (EED 29/09/06).  The incident highlighted inadequate enforcement mechanisms and the lack of systems to track transboundary waste movements, said delegates.

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