Under the Basel Convention, Parties have specific obligations to transmit certain information to each other, through the Secretariat. This includes notifications of national definitions of “hazardous wastes” that are additional to the wastes listed in the Annexes of the Convention, thereby expanding the scope of the Convention.

Transmitting information is essential to inform stakeholders (countries, importers, exporters etc.) of national legislative and administrative requirements implemented in certain jurisdictions. In turn, this facilitates compliance with such requirements and may prevent illegal traffic in hazardous or other wastes.

Parties transmit information on:

  1. National definitions of hazardous wastes;
  2. Conditions applied in relation to used equipment that should normally be considered waste or non-waste.