Waste: International Affairs

Switzerland supports the development of a comprehensive, coherent, effective and efficient international regime for waste management, as well as improved co-operation with the private sector. Existing regulatory gaps should be closed.


1. Basel Convention

Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. The aim of this Convention is to ensure environmentally sound waste management and the control of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes worldwide.


2. Public Private Partnerships: Partnership for sound management of used electronic equipment and e-waste

The aim of the Basel Convention Mobile Phone Partnership Initiative (MPPI), launched by Switzerland, is to promote sound management of discarded mobile phones. Voluntary guidelines on sound management have been developed in close cooperation with many countries, the mobile phone manufacturers, network operators, recycling companies and NGOs.

In the light of experience with the MPPI, Switzerland has now launched a partnership for sound management of used and end-of-life computing equipment. Specific guidelines have been developed for the various stages of management and recycling.

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