Basel Convention to require informed consent for e-waste exports

The fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention (BC COP15) has seen the approval of amendments to establish new definitions of hazardous and non-hazardous electronic waste. Alterations may also make sure that these two separate categories of e-waste will require notification by the exporting country and consent by the importing country prior to export. In some cases, they may be banned from trade altogether.

It is expected that changes to the amendments, titled the ‘Swiss-Ghana Amendments’ will come into force on 1 January 2025.

As well as this, importing countries that are parties to the Basel Convention will not be allowed to receive US e-waste, as the country is not a party to the Convention. A special bilateral or multilateral agreement establishing an equivalent level of control will be the only exception.