24.05.2019

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The grim evidence, say researchers, calls for immediate action to strengthen international laws restricting hazardous chemicals in waste and to list brominated dioxins in the Stockholm and Basel Conventions. 

The export of e-waste and the toxic chemicals they contain could be prevented by agreement on tougher hazardous waste limits in the Stockholm Convention, known as Low POPs Content Levels (LPCL). POPs (persistent organic pollutants) waste, as defined by the LPCL, cannot be exported to countries that do not have the advanced infrastructure to destroy it. 

(IPEN/ile)

More information:

Weak Controls: European E-waste Poisons Africa’s Food Chain:
ipen.org/documents/weak-controls

Holes in the Circular Economy: WEEE leakage from Europe:
http://wiki.ban.org/File:Holes_in_the_Circular_Economy-_WEEE_Leakage_from_Europe.pdf

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