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Toxic trade

Greenpeace has documented hundreds of cases where developed countries have traded or transferred toxic waste problems to developing countries.

Instead of receiving clean technologies, too often developing countries receive toxic waste, products and technologies.

Currently the main focus of our work on toxic trade is stopping the dumping of dirty ships in Asia for shipbreaking.

This type of trade is immoral and environmentally destructive to the receiving countries and their people. It also prevents developed countries from investing in real solutions to pollution, and developing future markets in more appropriate technologies or products.

The most blatant offence has been the export of toxic wastes from developed to developing countries. Greenpeace has sought a ban on this type of toxic trade and achieved it through an international treaty called the Basel Convention.

The convention came into force in 1992 but it was a weak treaty. In 1994, a unique coalition of developing countries, and some from eastern and western Europe along with Greenpeace, managed to pass by consensus what has come to be known as the Basel Ban.

This became law in 1998 and banned waste transfer to developing countries. Greenpeace is now campaigning to:

· Prevent governments and companies circumventing the ban by practices such as ship breaking;

· Promote clean production;

· Halt the production and trade of toxic products such as the UN Environmental Programme list of the dirty dozen (the 12 most toxic persistent pollutants); and

· Stop toxic technologies such as incineration.

The latest updates

 

World Peace Day 2014: Working towards true (energy) security

Blog entry by Jen Maman | 21 September, 2014

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Dear LEGO, did you miss our one million emails…?

Blog entry by Ellen Booth | 20 September, 2014 1 comment

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Blog entry by Josefina Skerk | 19 September, 2014 2 comments

I'm trembling with excitement. Together with a small delegation I just handed over a message to one of the world's top political figures. And it’s all because of you. I don't usually hang out in New York City, rubbing shoulders with...

Arctic 30 one year anniversary: Their freedom is our freedom

Blog entry by The Arctic 30 | 19 September, 2014 1 comment

The right to peaceful protest is a core tenet of a healthy society — the inherent human right to stand up and be counted, to challenge unjust laws, and sometimes, when the system has failed, to put our bodies in the way of destruction...

Bringing your voice to Ban Ki-moon

Blog entry by Dr. Neil Hamilton | 18 September, 2014 2 comments

It has been a fantastic summer. Greenpeace has been in the Arctic for months, bearing witness to its extraordinarily shifting landscape, while challenging short-sighted attempts to find oil and explain to decision-makers that...

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