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U.N. 'very confident' of deal to regulate trade in plastic waste

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GENEVA (Reuters) – U.N. talks on tightening controls on trade in plastic waste are very likely to reach a deal later on Friday after 11 days of often late-night talks, a spokesman for the UNEP Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions told reporters.

“We’re very confident that we’ll have a decision to bring you later today,” Charlie Avis said.

Campaigners have said legally-binding amendments to the Basel Convention on waste would make it harder for leading exporter the United States to ship unsorted plastic to emerging Asian economies for disposal.

(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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