Regulatory rules matter, especially when it comes to our environment.
In a sign of progress, 180 nations have agreed to amend the rules of the Basel Convention (on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal) to make it more difficult for rich countries to simply trash poorer countries.
“New international rules to tackle the “wild west” global trade in plastic, which has seen wealthy nations dump contaminated plastic waste on to poorer ones, will result in a cleaner ocean within five years, according to a UN transboundary waste chief.
The rules, which come into force on 1 January, aim to make the trade more transparent in order to allow developing nations such as Vietnam and Malaysia to refuse low-quality, difficult-to-recycle waste before it is even shipped.”
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