Basel Convention

The Basel Convention restricts trade in hazardous waste, some nonhazardous wastes, solid wastes and incinerator ash. It was adopted in 1989 by a United Nations-sponsored conference of 116 nations in Basel, Switzerland. Twenty nations must ratify the treaty before it goes into effect. Contact at: Secretariat of the Basel Convention (SBC); International Environment House; 13-15 Chemin des Anémones, Building D; 1219 Châtelaine; Geneva Switzerland; Tel: [41] (22) 917-8218; Fax: [41] (22) 797-3454; E-mail:; Web:

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