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Sat May 11, 2019, 03:48 PM

Nearly every country in the World EXCEPT the US agree to restrict global plastic waste

Over 180 countries -- not including the US -- agree to restrict global plastic waste trade

https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/11/world/basel-convention-plastic-waste-trade-intl/index.html

(CNN)The governments of 187 countries have agreed to control the movement of plastic waste between national borders, in an effort to curb the world's plastic crisis -- but the United States was not among them.

Nations agreed to add plastic to the Basel Convention, a treaty that regulates movement of hazardous materials from one country to another, in order to combat the dangerous effects of plastic pollution around the world.

The pact was approved at the end of a two-week meeting of UN-backed conventions in Geneva, Switzerland.

But the US was not involved in the decision-making process, as it is one of just two countries that have not ratified the agreement.

The resolution means contaminated and most mixes of plastic wastes will require prior consent from receiving countries before they are traded, with the exceptions of mixes of PE, PP and PET, according to WWF.

Although it sat out of the decision, the ruling will still apply to the United States when it tries to trade plastic waste to virtually any country in the world.

The US has been sending its plastic waste to various countries around the world, including China and Malaysia, but has recently faced crackdowns in those countries as they attempt to cope with the amounts of plastic flooding through their borders.

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Reply Nearly every country in the World EXCEPT the US agree to restrict global plastic waste (Original post)
CousinIT May 11 OP
spanone May 11 #1
Igel May 11 #3
dumbcat May 11 #5
Pisces May 11 #2
DemoTex May 11 #4
Glimmer of Hope May 11 #6
Celerity May 11 #7
Brainfodder May 11 #8
malaise May 11 #9

Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat May 11, 2019, 03:56 PM

1. We are the pariahs of the world

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Response to spanone (Reply #1)

Sat May 11, 2019, 04:08 PM

3. The US signed it.

The Senate advised and consented to it.

But it requires legislation for implementation, and there it apparently stalled.

Here's the 1994 official exchange about it:

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CREC-1994-03-08/html/CREC-1994-03-08-pt1-PgE9.htm

That was over 25 years ago.

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Response to Igel (Reply #3)

Sat May 11, 2019, 04:30 PM

5. But, but .. the CNN story says we never ratified it.

But the US was not involved in the decision-making process, as it is one of just two countries that have not ratified the agreement.


Isn't Senate consent ratification?

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat May 11, 2019, 04:05 PM

2. Disgusting

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat May 11, 2019, 04:20 PM

4. We are a profligate nation.

It does not have to be this way.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat May 11, 2019, 04:32 PM

6. I am so ashamed.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat May 11, 2019, 05:15 PM

8. There has to be too much $ in it for some "corporations", same reason they won't end phone scams?

/nt

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Sat May 11, 2019, 06:16 PM

9. I'm amazed at how well folks are adjusting here

to no plastic shopping bags. Of course there are a few delinquent shopkeepers, but by and large, it's working well. People carry their own bags, use cardboard boxes available free or buy paper bags.

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