Int'l Pact Amended to Regulate Dirty Plastic Waste Exports

Politics

Tokyo, May 11 (Jiji Press)--Signatories to the Basel Convention, which restricts trading in harmful waste, have agreed to an amendment to the convention to regulate shipments of dirty plastic waste, stepping up efforts to tackle ocean pollution.

The amendment, jointly proposed by Japan and Norway, was adopted at a meeting of the signatories in Geneva, Switzerland, on Friday. The new regulations will take effect in January 2021.

Following the adoption, the Japanese government will revise related ministerial orders and draw up operation guidelines.

Japan hopes to highlight its efforts to reduce plastic waste ahead of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, western Japan, in June this year.

The Basel Convention, enforced in 1992, has more than 180 signatory countries and regions including the European Union. The United States is not a party to it.

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