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Waste exports from the EU on the rise by Nick Boley
November 7, 2012, 11:08
Filed under: Uncategorized, Waste | Tags: , ,

The volume of waste moving between EU member states and being exported from the EU has significantly increased since 1999 according to a report published by the European Environment Agency.

These figures cover both non-hazardous waste, some of which is destined for recycling but, more worryingly, hazardous waste continues to be shipped illegally to non-OECD countries. Hazardous waste can include fly ash from incinerators, contaminated soil, lead batteries, waste mineral oils and other chemicals. These can easily be identified by analysis if samples would be taken at ports of exit where misdescription of consignments is suspected.

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