Basel Convention

Aims at protecting human health and environment against adverse effects of hazardous wastes. Its scope of application covers a wide range of wastes defined as “hazardous wastes” based on their origin and/or composition and their characteristics, as well as two types of wastes defined as “other wastes” – household waste and incinerator ash.

Objectives of the Convention

The Convention covers hazardous wastes that are explosive, flammable, poisonous, infectious, corrosive, toxic, or eco-toxic. For environmentally sound management (ESM) of hazardous waste, the Convention aims towards restricting transboundary movements of hazardous wastes except where it is perceived to be under the principle of ESM.

India and the convention

India ratified Basel convention in 1992. India has been taking measures for the effective management of hazardous wastes and thereby meeting the obligations of the Basel Convention. Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management & Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016 was notified to ensure the safe handling, processing, treatment, storage, collection, transportation, collection, and disposal of hazardous waste.

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