States agree to enforce ban on toxic waste exports

UNEP: Harmful Substance

An agreement prohibiting the export of hazardous waste from developed countries to developing countries, also known as the Ban Amendment, will finally be enforced.

The deal, brokered in Cartagena, Columbia, has ended a 15-year long deadlock, according to the UN's Environment Programme, UNEP.

The ban ensures that poor nations do not become a dumping ground for old factory waste, asbestos filled ships and old computers.

17 more countries have to ratify the agreement to make it legally binding.

Michael Stanley-Jones is with the Secretariat of the Basel Convention.

"The Basel Convention, the global treaty on hazardous waste management, have reached a historic agreement unblocking the Ban Amendment that will prohibit the export of hazardous waste from OECD to non OECD countries."

The agreement also allows countries who want to trade in waste to do so as long as there is an environmentally sound management of the waste.

The aim is to ensure that people's health and well-being are not affected, and that there are adequate social and labour conditions in place.

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