“It is anticipated that such an approach would be problematic given that “e-waste” captures a very broad range of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and many countries currently define and characterize e-waste differently under their national laws. As a result, it is anticipated that consensus on such a list would be very difficult to achieve within the global community.”
From p. 1 of response from Canada 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.