Technical guidelines

In October 2011, in relation to the environmentally sound management (ESM) of used and waste pneumatic tyres, COP-10, by decision BC-10/06, adopted the Technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management of used and waste pneumatic tyres.

At its fifteenth meeting, in decision BC-15/15, the COP decided to:

  • update the technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management of used and waste pneumatic tyres

Work following COP-15

A small intersessional working group (SIWG) was established for the updating of the technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management of used and waste pneumatic tyres, for which Parties and observers were invited to nominate experts by 31 July 2022, following paragraphs 5 and 6 of BC-15/15.

As per paragraph 4, Parties were invited to inform the Secretariat by 31 July 2022 of their willingness to serve as lead countries for this update. According to paragraph 7, the lead country or, in the absence of a lead country, the Secretariat, was requested to prepare draft updated technical guidelines, in consultation with the SIWG, for consideration by the OEWG-13, taking place in Geneva from 21 to 23 February 2023.

Parties and observers were invited to provide comments to the Secretariat by 31 October 2022 on:

  • whether technical guidelines on the ESM of rubber wastes (entry B3040) and waste parings and scrap of rubber (entry B3080) should be developed. The Secretariat will make the comments available and prepare a compilation of them for the OEWG-13. (paragraphs 8 and 9)
  • Possible further activities that could be conducted in response to developments in scientific knowledge and environmental information related to plastic waste as source of land pollution marine plastic litter and microplastics (paragraph 10)

At its first consultation held in October 2022, the SIWG agreed to initiate work on updating the technical guidelines after the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties. Members were invited to provide comments on the scope of work for updating the guidelines. Comments received are available here.

Comments and/or queries should be sent to Ms. Melisa Lim, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions (Email: melisa.lim at un.org).