On the 5th of December 2019, the Basel Ban Amendment became international law. The Ban Amendment, adopted by the parties to the Basel Convention in 1995, prohibits the export of hazardous wastes from member states of the European Union, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and Liechtenstein to all other countries.
IPEN & BAN have produced a Basel Ban Amendment Guide, covering the implications and next steps for countries, public interest groups, and other stakeholders with the common goal to stop international hazardous waste dumping.
IPEN Participating Organizations (POs) in Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines and Thailand visited children’s playgrounds and measured lead content of the paint used on a total of 166 pieces of equipment using a portable x-ray fluorescence spectrometer. This screening was conducted to investigate if lead paint was used at these playgrounds and to raise awareness around the prevalence of playgrounds with dangerously high levels of lead.