Press Release

Summary of import/ export of hazardous wastes under the Basel Convention and its domestic laws in 2007

April 25, 2008

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 2007. The number of export and import cases of specified hazardous wastes for which movement documents were issued were 458 cases (totaling 48,788 tons) and 143 cases (totaling 6,123 tons), respectively. Exported specified hazardous wastes included lead scrap, lead ash 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, circuit board scrap and silver sludge, most of which were received for the purpose of metal recovery, mainly from Asian countries.

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