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Summary of import/ export of hazardous wastes under the Basel Convention and its domestic laws in 2009

March 30, 2010

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of the Environment have published the status of the enforcement of the Law for the Control of Export, Import and Others of Specified Hazardous Wastes and Other Wastes (domestic law to the Basel Convention) for the period between January and December of 2009. The number of export and import cases of specified hazardous wastes for which movement documents were issued were 619 cases (totaling 84,878 tons) and 97 cases (totaling 4,075 tons), respectively. Exported specified hazardous wastes included lead scrap, lead ash and metal sludge, all of which were sent to OECD countries for the purpose of metal recovery. Imported specified hazardous wastes included electronic part scrap, copper sludge, nickel-cadmium battery scrap and circuit board scrap, most of which were received for the purpose of metal recovery, mainly from Asian countries.

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