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.
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:
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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