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Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and Other Wastes in 1997 in Metric Tonnes
This graphic shows the amounts of hazardous wastes and other wastes, in metric tonnes, that were imported and exported in 1997 between OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries and non-OECD countries, and the total movement of these materials in cases in which the origin or destination of the material was not reported. A map showing the locations of OECD countries is included.
Explanatory note from the report: '80-90% of the hazardous waste reported to have been exported or imported across borders (a transboundary movement) in 1997 was moved between OECD members. The
second largest flow, 19% according to non-OECD countries, was between non-OECD and OECD countries. OECD countries suggest that the real figure is around 1.5%. Although transboundary movements estimates from OECD to non-OECD countries also differ by a factor of 10 depending on the source, this flow clearly did not exceed 1% of the global transport. The movement of waste among non-OECD countries likewise made [up] only 1-3% of the global turnover. Due to insufficient information, a similar amount cannot be linked to any specific route. Therefore, it is represented by flows to and from the 'Origin or destination not
reported' sphere on the chart.'