“We suggest to include a new paragraph reminding the countries that the “hazardousness” of a waste depends on its intrinsic properties and physico-chemical components and that "hazard" is not a property that depends on the waste management or disposal process to which the waste is submitted. Therefore this must be the scientific and technical criterion for deciding whether an e-waste is hazardous or not.”
From p. 3 of response by Columbia 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.