North-South e-waste trade creates a green economy in the South

ISRI: The main opposition for the bill is currently coming from the private sector. The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is a trade association comprised of over 1,600 manufacturing and processing companies. In 2010, the ISRI Board of Directors adopted a recycling export policy similar to H.R. 2284 with the exception of “free trade” of hazardous substances. The Institute claims the bill will deter domestic job creation as well as shutting down foreign efforts to create a green economy, however, their real interest lies in protecting the export businesses of their members"

Meta-Actor: Scientific Community

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Date: October 21, 2011


"In 1995, European countries proposed an amendment to the Basel Convention to ban rich nations from dumping any toxic waste on less developed countries. Canada is one of four nations blocking the amendment. An Environment Canada spokesperson told us the government opposes the amendment because, "It would impact the trade of materials destined for recycling facilities operating in an environmentally sound manner if they were found in a developing country." 

Meta-Actor: Journalism

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Date: May 6, 2014


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North-South e-waste trade creates a green economy in the South
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)  »Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)
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