Press Release

Summary of import/ export of hazardous wastes under the Basel Convention and its domestic laws in 2006

April 27, 2007

The Ministry of the Environment has 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 2006. The number of export and import cases of specified hazardous wastes for which movement documents were issued were 219 cases (totaling 17,357 tons) and 127 cases (totaling 4,314 tons), respectively. Exported specified hazardous wastes included lead scrap, lead ash and dross, soldering ball and nickel sludge, all of which were sent to OECD countries for the purpose of metal recovery. Imported specified hazardous wastes included nickel-cadmium battery scrap, electronic part scrap, zinc sludge, silver sludge, metal scrap and circuit board scrap, all of which were received for the purpose of metal recovery, mainly from Asian countries.

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