Earlier this month, 187 countries agreed to control the movement of plastic waste between national borders, an effort to curb the world’s plastic crisis. Noticeably absent, the United States. The nearly 200 countries agreed to add plastic to the Basel Convention, a treaty that regulates movement of hazardous materials from one country to another. It means that contaminated and most mixes of plastic wastes will require prior consent from receiving countries before they’re traded, with a few exceptions. The Trump Administration decided not to be involved in the decision making process of this treaty but the ruling still applies to the United States.

International treaty agrees to control movement of plastic waste