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International relations

Countries agree on treaty to regulate trade in plastic waste

Plastic waste piles up at a Tokyo facility following China's ban on imports of the material. (Photo by Keiichiro Sato)

GENEVA (Kyodo) -- Nearly all countries agreed on Friday to a legally binding framework to curb plastic waste, which has become a major threat to the marine environment, the United Nations said.

Under the amended Basel Convention, which regulates the transboundary movements of hazardous wastes, dirty plastic deemed unsuitable for recycling will be added to the list of waste subject to controls, requiring consent by importing countries prior to export.

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