EU Proposes Crack-Down On Illegal Waste Exports

12-07-13(1)picThe European Commission has decided to bulk-up its legislation on national inspections of waste shipments in order to crack down on waste being exported illegally.

The European Waste Shipment Regulation (WSR) bans all exports of hazardous waste to non-OECD countries and all exports of waste for disposal outside the EU.

The Commission has proposed amendments to the WSR, which set out to establish a minimum inspection requirement that ensures “sufficient controls are being carried out” in all member states.

Janez Potočnik – “It’s time for stricter controls in all member states – that’s the best way of stopping dishonest exporters from taking advantage of the system”

Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “It’s time for stricter controls in all member states – that’s the best way of stopping dishonest exporters from taking advantage of the system. Today’s proposal will help to reduce mismanagement of waste, make sure hazardous waste is dealt with properly and see that valuable resources are re-used.”

According to the Commission, around 25 percent of waste shipments sent from the EU illegally ends up in developing countries that often lack the infrastructure needed to process waste effectively.

The proposals include the implementation of “risk-based inspections” to be carried out regularly by member states, with greater co-operation between authorities and better training of inspectors, which is expected to help focus on routes, times and vehicles that are most frequently involved in illegal shipping.

 

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