The federal government wants to ensure that only sorted and easily recyclable plastic waste can be sold abroad. After 12 days of UN-brokered negotiations, countries have agreed to treat plastics as hazardous waste. Germany is considering a ban that would go further. This result means that, although all OECD countries are required to obtain authorisation from target countries before shipping hazardous plastic waste, there will be no OECD-specific controls for the shipment of non-hazardous plastic waste between Member States. Instead, OECD countries reserve the right to set requirements for such transfers, in accordance with national and international law. Plastic pollution is now the world`s main international environmental problem, for which there is no UN treaty. But calls for such a treaty – from citizens to UN Member States and now to businesses – are growing louder. At the next UNA-5 meeting, Member States will have the opportunity to start negotiations on a treaty on plastic pollution. The new regulations were proposed as an amendment to the Norwegian agreement, which notably insisted, unsuccessfully, at the meeting of the National Programme for the Unified Environment held in Nairobi last March for a more comprehensive comprehensive agreement on plastic waste. “For too long, developed countries like the United States and Canada have exported their mixed toxic plastic waste to developing countries in Asia and said it is recycled in the host country,” said Sara Brosche, scientific advisor to the IPEN umbrella group.
Instead, much of this contaminated mixed waste cannot be recycled and is instead disposed of or incinerated, or find its way to the sea. German technology can play an important role in combating the global waste problem, the minister said, which could lead to job creation. To reverse this path, many world leaders in consumer goods and retail trade are calling on governments to negotiate a UN treaty on plastic pollution. It is not another coalition or a multistatic initiative; Rather, it is an opportunity for companies to have a voice in the decisive vote on a possible treaty at the fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNA-5) in February 2021. “There were these iconic images of dead albatross in the Pacific Islands with open stomachs and all the recognizable plastic objects inside, and finally we discovered that the nanoparticles were crossing the blood-brain barrier, and we were able to prove that there was plastic in us,” said Paul Rose, expedition leader for National Geographic`s “pristine” expeditions. to protect the oceans. The agreement was reached after 1,400 representatives met in Geneva for 12-day talks at a meeting of the United Nations Environment Programme. The 1989 Basel Convention on the Control of Dangerous Waste will, for the most part, be geared towards plastic. The United States signed the Basel Convention in 1990, but never ratified it. And what`s encouraging is that some of the world`s richest countries are also waking up to the crisis — In 2018, Norway has pledged to take legally binding global action to control cross-border movements of plastic waste.