Technical guidelines

In December 2002, in relation to plastics, COP-6 adopted the Technical guidelines for the identification and environmentally sound management (ESM) of plastic wastes and for their disposal, mainly focusing on the technical aspects of the management of plastic wastes, with particular emphasis on their recycling.

In May 2013, COP-11 adopted the Framework for the ESM of hazardous wastes and other wastes (decision BC-11/1). A key strategic objective of strengthening the ESM of hazardous and other wastes is to pursue the prevention and minimization of hazardous waste and other waste generation at source, especially through supporting and promoting activities designed to reduce the hazard potential of hazardous and other wastes at the national level. The expert working group established by that decision has developed a number of guidance as well as a collection of practical tools to assist Parties and other stakeholders in ensuring ESM of hazardous and other wastes, known as “ESM Toolkit”.

COP-13 adopted Guidance to assist Parties in developing efficient strategies for achieving the prevention and minimization of the generation of hazardous and other wastes and their disposal (decision BC-13/3), in which plastic waste was highlighted as a key waste stream; and welcomed Draft practical manuals on extended producer responsibility and financing systems for environmentally sound management (decision BC-13/2).

COP-13 also adopted Guidance manual on how to improve the sea-land interface (decision BC-13/15) to ensure that wastes falling within the scope of MARPOL, once offloaded from a ship, are managed in an environmentally sound manner.

The Conference of the Parties (COP) have adopted the following guidelines with a reference on plastic waste, marine plastics or microplastic

 
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Technical guidelines for the identification and environmentally sound management of plastic wastes and for their disposal685 K
Follow-up to the Indonesian-Swiss country-led initiative to improve the effectiveness of the Basel Convention43.5 K36.15 K
Follow-up to the Indonesian-Swiss country-led initiative to improve the effectiveness of the Basel Convention: revised set of draft practical manuals for the promotion of the environmentally sound management of wastes207.58 K255.6 K
Draft practical manuals on extended producer responsibility and financing systems for environmentally sound management503.09 K209.21 K
Draft guidance to assist Parties in developing efficient strategies for achieving the prevention and minimization of the generation of hazardous and other wastes and their disposal180.37 K246.67 K
Draft guidance manual on how to improve the sea-land interface7.58 MB2.53 MB