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Time to rethink hazardous plastic scrap export rules

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries want to update the rules regarding the export of hazardous plastic waste for recycling in line with international changes. Advance consent from destination countries will now be required before scrap is shipped. 

The OECD says that details of the new trade rules have yet to be worked out. Its 37 members have agreed to review the situation for non-hazardous plastic waste in 2024. 

While all OECD countries will need to secure permission from destination countries before shipping hazardous plastic waste, there will be no OECD-specific controls on shipping non-hazardous plastic waste between member countries. 

It notes that member countries retain the right to define requirements for such shipments in line with domestic legislation and international law.

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