This book discusses the need for a regulated and informed forum for international trade in hazardous waste. The authors argue that with careful planning, health and ecological risks can be minimized and net economic benefits realized fairly. The book examines the key parameters that should be considered by potential trading nations to ensure an optimally safe and mutually beneficial partnership. The authors provide comprehensive coverage of the political, environmental, industrial and economic issues involved in this complex and increasingly controversial practice.
Introduction. Legislative-regulatory controls affecting waste management schemes. Global dimensions of waste disposal practices. The transboundary shipments of hazardous wastes. Controlling the transboundary movements of hazardous wastes. Ramifications of a hazardous waste trade. A conceptual formulation for waste trade evaluations. Assessing the viability of a waste trade program. Towards a global environmental policy-making. An epilogue. List of references.