A hazardous waste is waste that poses substantial or potential threats to public health or the environment. Many types of businesses generate hazardous waste. For example, dry cleaners, automobile repair shops, hospitals, exterminators, and photo processing centers all generate hazardous waste. Some hazardous waste generators are larger companies such as chemical manufacturers, electroplating companies, and oil refineries.
Hazardous waste that is transported across national borders may be subject to controls under the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal. The Basel Convention is an international treaty designed to reduce the movements of hazardous waste between nations, and specifically to prevent transfer of hazardous waste from developed to less developed countries (LDCs).
INECE’s Seaport Environmental Security Project builds capacity for officials responsible for detecting and detering illegal transportation of hazardous waste through seaports.
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