May 03, 2013
by Resource

Computer and electronic manufacturers are lobbying to have waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) reclassified as ‘non-waste’ to enable it to be exported to developing countries for repair. 

Under the Basel Ban Amendment – currently implemented in 33 countries – the export of WEEE (classed as a hazardous waste) to developing countries is illegal. 

However, the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) – an association that includes electronic manufacturers including Dell, HP, Sony, Samsung, LG and Apple – is set to lobby for an exemption to the ban at the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention (COP11) today (3 May).

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