Webinar: New International Requirements for Exports and Imports of Plastic Recyclables


September 24, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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This webinar will explain the new international requirements for exports and imports of plastic recyclables or scrap. In May 2019, 187 countries decided to significantly restrict international trade in plastic scrap and waste to help address the improper disposal of plastic waste and reduce its leakage into the environment. As a result of these changes adopted under a treaty called the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, international shipments of most plastic scrap and waste will be allowed only with the prior written consent of the importing country and any transit countries, effective January 1, 2021. The new Basel provisions will significantly limit the market for U.S. plastic recyclables. Because of a provision under the Basel Convention that prohibits trade between countries that have ratified the Convention (i.e., Parties) and non-Party countries like the United States, Basel Parties will not be able to trade most plastic scrap and waste with the United States absent a separate agreement between countries that meets certain Basel criteria. The United States has one such agreement that addresses trade in non-hazardous plastic scrap with member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the webinar will discuss how plastic scrap is covered under that agreement. Register for the webinar to learn about these new international requirements for exports and imports of plastic scrap and potential impacts on transboundary movements of this material. We anticipate a high demand for this webinar. To accommodate this high volume, this webinar is available through computer audio only. There is no dial-in telephone number. A video of the webinar will be posted within about two weeks after the webinar.



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