“ANNEX II bis. Examples of Hazards (as defined by Basel Convention) in Electronic Equipment
The following are constituent fractions found in Electronic Equipment, their likely location and any likely designation in the Basel Annexes for all or some of the material likely to be found in such a constituent. These annex listings are not definitive and may be subject to the interpretation of Parties within national jurisdictions. The Basel Annexes are used to determine whether or not the materials in question when known to be waste (destined to an Annex IV destination) are hazardous wastes or other wastes and therefore subject to the Basel Convention obligations. If the waste material is listed with an “A” (Annex VIII) listing it is likely to be a hazardous waste (exceptions noted in Annex VIII chapeau). If the waste material has both a “Y” (Annex I) and an “H” (Annex III) listing together, then it is likely that the waste material is a Basel hazardous waste unless it can be demonstrated that it does not in fact don’t possess an Annex III characteristic. If the waste material only possesses a “Y” listing it is not likely to be a Basel hazardous waste unless it can be shown to possess an Annex III hazardous characteristic.”
From p. 21 of BAN response to Basel Secretariat. 2011. ‘Draft Technical Guidelines on Transboundary Movement of E-Waste, in Particular Regarding the Distinction between Waste and Non-Waste (Version: 21 February 2011 )’. http://archive.basel.int/techmatters/code/comments.php?guidId=78.
“This annex represents an important progress in the identification of hazardous substances present in the components of e-waste. However, its implementation for making decisions by the authorities on the control of transboundary movements is limited because such information is indicative but not conclusive about the dangerousness of the e-waste (whole equipment).”
From p. 3 of response by Colombia to Basel Secretariat. 2012. ‘Draft Technical Guidelines on Transboundary Movement of E-Waste, in Particular Regarding the Distinction between Waste and Non-Waste (Version 8 May 2012)’. http://www.basel.int/Implementation/Ewaste/TechnicalGuidelines/DevelopmentofTGs/tabid/2377/Default.aspx.