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Call to stop dumping in Africa's waters, 3rd November 2011
The illicit dumping of toxic and hazardous waste off the coast of Somalia, which has largely destroyed the fishing grounds there, has been cited as one of the root causes of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and off the east coast of Africa, according to a report carried in Polity. A report published by Polity says that armed fis...
Waste to Oil Firm Brings in Contractor to Refine Process
Waste Management World, 3rd November 2011
Cleveland, Ohio based waste to oil firm, Vadxx Energy LLC has engaged control systems specialist, Rockwell Automation Global Solutions to provide process engineering solutions and services to refine its waste to oil process.According to Vadxx, Rockwell Automation will complete the front-end engineering and design work neces...
IEC Hails Basel 'Miricle' but Warns Over Radioactive Waste
Waste Management World, 3rd November 2011
The recent shift in attitudes by a number of developed countries signalled at the Basel Convention's 10th Conference of the Parties (COP) in Colombia has signalled "a true paradigm shift" in the status of recycling, according to the UN-EP Basel Convention's executive secretary, Dr Katharina Kummer Peiry. Speaking at the Int...
China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand agree to secure Mekong River shipping after deadly boat raid, 31st October 2011
BEIJING (Xinhua) -- China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand have agreed to take joint action to crack down on cross-border crime and secure transportation along the Mekong River. The pledge came out of a one-day law enforcement meeting between senior cabinet members from the four countries. The meeting took place nearly one mont...
Mountains of Toxic E-Waste in Pakistan Are a Goldmine
By Tafline Laylin, Green Prophet, 30th October 2011
Nobody knows for sure how much electronic waste is dumped in Pakistan, but it’s easily in the thousands of tons every year. Some of it is generated internally but most is imported from developed countries. It’s not legal under the Basel Convention – to which Pakistan is a party – to import E-waste  into the cou...
Basel Action Network (BAN) Launches New Blog on Responsible Electronics Recycling and Toxic Trade
Basel Action Network, 28th October 2011
The Basel Action Network (BAN) the global toxic trade watchdog organization at the forefront of ensuring responsible global electronic waste recycling has just announced the launch of its first blog. The Blog can be found at  The blog is designed to provide news, opinion, and commentary on issues...
Opposition to Basel Ban on Toxic Waste Exports Collapses
Waste Management World, 26th October 2011
An amendment to the Basel Convention banning the export of hazardous wastes, including electronics and old obsolete ships from developed to developing countries is to be brought into law within two to three years 178 countries. The Basel Ban Amendment was originally adopted in 1995 as a proposed amendment to the Basel Conv...
Call for total ban on used electronic exports to Africa
By Nick Mann,, 26th October 2011
The export of used electrical and electronic equipment to the developing world should be stopped until countries such as Nigeria and Ghana have recycling infrastructure in place to deal with it when it reaches end of life. That was the message from some UK waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) reprocessors at a ...
178 Countries Support Ban on Toxic Waste Exports to Developing Countries
by Jaymi Heimbuch, San Francisco, California, 25th October 2011
The 10th Conference of the Parties of the Basel Convention saw a breakthrough decision last week. When it comes to exporting hazardous wastes, including electronic waste, to developing nations 178 parties agreed to make the ban a law. However, there is still needed support from at least 17 countries, including the U.S. BA...
Strong local demand inviting electronic waste dumping
The Jakarta Post, 24th October 2011
A recent global pledge to ban exports of toxic waste has not stemmed the flow of outdated electronic products to Indonesia, activists say. On Friday, Indonesia and Switzerland brokered the agreement at the UN environmental conference in Cartagena, Colombia, to accelerate the adoption of a global ban on the export of hazard...
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