Europe to set stronger legislation for waste transfer within EU member states
DG Environment Commissioner M. Janez Potočnik recently highlighter the need to reinforce control all over the EU in order to avoid bad practices related to waste transboundary shipment.
Illegal waste transfer to developing countries is a common practice duce to costs issues: in these countries waste management is cheaper and law is much more indulgent and even nonexistent sometimes. Nowadays, the European Commision estimates around 25% of waste transfers issued by EU Member States to developing countries in Africa and Asia are against international law.
Some of the initiatives the Commission is aiming to take are:
- Reinforced cooperation between involved authorities
- Stronger control based on the routes
- On-site inspections to verify the legality of the transfer
In general terms, those initiatives will carry economic advantages, as they will avoid costs related to stabilisation and/or repatriation. Finally, they will help to improve waste management and sorting processes and ensure better raw materials recovery.
The R4R project aims at helping cities and regions to recycle waste efficiently at a local level by providing good practices and an online monitoring tool.
Find more information about how the European Commision Fights against illegal waste shipments