REN newsflash

Global E-Waste Volume Hits New Peak in 2014
7 May 2015
In 2014, people worldwide discarded all but a small fraction of an estimated 41.8 million metric tonnes (Mt) of electrical and electronic products according to a new United Nations University report. And the volume of e-waste is expected to rise by 21% to 50 million Mt in 2018. According to the report, just two countries — the US and China — discarded nearly one-third of the world&rsqu...
Enforcement handbook on controlling illegal shipments of chemicals and waste-for Asia enforcement officers released
4 May 2015
The Enforcement Handbook on Controlling the Illegal Shipments of Chemicals and Wastes − For Asia Enforcement Officers is available online now. It is a pocket enforcement tool designed for enforcement officers of the participating countries of the Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste (REN). It provides general information on the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions*...
India Decides to Ban Import of Tyres, Edible Fats for Recycling
1 May 2015
Streamlining the implementation of hazardous waste management for its effective disposal, the government has decided to ban the import of tyres, waste edible fats, animal and vegetable oils and critical care medical equipment for the purpose of recycling. Bringing amendments to the Hazardous Waste (Management and Handling and Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2008, which are expected to be notified ...
19th issue of Newsflash released
21 April 2015
Highlights in this issue:   UNEP co-organizes a regional customs workshop on countering environmental crime BRS Secretariat published a new manual for customs on hazardous chemicals and wastes European police seize 11 Tonnes of illegally-disposed waste Please click here to download
Plea on Violation of E-waste Rules in India
15 April 2015
The National Green Tribunal has sought response from the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) on a plea alleging rampant violation of E-waste management rules notified in 2011. The green panel directed DGFT to file its reply within a week and fixed the matter for hearing on April 28. The Tribunal was hearing a plea by NGO Toxics Link, filed through advocates Ritwick Dutta and Maneka Kaur,...
Manual for Customs on Hazardous Chemicals and Wastes under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Published
10 April 2015
Customs play a key role in facilitating the legal trade of hazardous chemicals and wastes, and in detecting possible cases of illegal traffic – especially in ports and along the borders. This manual will inform you about the objectives, procedures, rights and obligations contained in these three multilateral environmental agreements as they relate to the work of Customs. It describes in gene...
Regional preparatory meeting for the 2015 COPs for the Asia and Pacific region Held in Jakarta, Indonesia
8 April 2015
The regional preparatory meeting for the 2015 meetings of the conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions was held back to back on 19 and 20 March 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The meeting provided an opportunity to participants to familiarize themselves with the items on the provisional agendas and the organization of work of the meetings of the conferences of the ...
New Import and Export Control Tool Launched
7 April 2015
The export and import control tool focuses on the Basel Convention provisions pertaining to the control of transboundary movements of hazardous and other wastes. Its aim is to assist Parties, States and stakeholders (generators, exporters, importers, disposers) in identifying whether the Basel Convention applies and what legal requirements should be borne in mind before initiating a transboundary ...
Michigan Resident Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Violate Customs and Environmental Laws Regarding Export of E-Waste
3 April 2015
Michigan resident Lip Bor Ng, also known as Paul Wu, 52, pleaded guilty before Judge Mark A. Goldsmith to a one-count conspiracy information, which charged him with conspiring with others to knowingly submit false and misleading export information to the United States, to fraudulently and knowingly export electronic waste in violation of United States law and to export hazardous waste without...
IMPEL’s Key Achievements 2013-2014
1 April 2015
IMPEL is launching a ‘Key Achievements’ brochure which highlights some of IMPEL’s main work over the last two years. It refers to the evaluation study carried out by and how IMPEL implemented the recommendations. Some examples of success stories are shared, as well as the country engagement programme set up by IMPEL. It ends with a brief outlook on some of the key challanges IMPE...
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