International Waste Shipments (Amendment of Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006) Regulations 2020


These regulations amended the retained Shipment of Waste Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006.

The amendments reflect stringent restrictions now applied on plastic waste exports under the Basel Convention.



The International Waste Shipments (Amendment of Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006) Regulations 2020 amended the retained Shipment of Waste Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 on 1 January 2021.

This legislation applies in Great Britain only. Northern Ireland remains subject to EU transfrontier waste shipment legislation.

What has changed?

The amending regulations reflect changes to the Basel Convention. More stringent controls are applied on the movement of plastic waste.

Exports to EU and OECD Countries

Plastic waste may only be exported for recovery in EU and OECD countries where it meets Basel Convention code B3011. The plastic must:

  • comprise a single polymer plastic;
  • be almost free from contamination and other types of waste, including other waste plastics; and
  • be recycled by recovery operation R3 (recycling or reclaiming organic substances that are not used as solvents in an environmentally sound manner).

All other plastics must be shipped to EU and OECD countries under Basel Convention notification controls. Prior informed consent must be granted before exports can take place.

Exports to Non-OECD Countries

Waste may only be shipped for recovery in non-OECD countries where subject to Basel Convention codes B3011 or Y48 and if notified to the proposed receiving nation and consent is granted in advance. Hazardous waste plastics may not be shipped to non-OECD countries.


Guidance has been made available on the revised controls:



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