Our fourth edition of the WasteForce Waste Crime Alert highlights 16 cases of illegal waste trafficking between September and November 2019. Involved waste streams are:
- plastic waste
- hazardous waste
- a radioactive substance
- textile waste
- industrial waste
- refuse derived fuel
- household waste
Legislation and governance
The alert includes four articles about new legislations and amendments. Two articles are national policy updates, this includes that India planned to impose a nationwide ban on single-use plastics and that the United Kingdom banned F gas for refilling equipment from 2020 onwards. With regards to European legislation, the European Commission adopted new eco-design measures for products that help with reparability and recyclability. Finally, news with regards to global legislation is that the Basel Convention Ban Amendment will enter into force 5 December, which will prohibit the export of hazardous waste from developed countries (OECD, EU member States, Liechtenstein) to developing countries.
Newly published reports and articles include a report by SDG Watch on sustainability in Europe and the impacts of EU policies and practices in the world. A second report published by an Indonesian NGO called Nexus3 together with the Basel Action Network gives the results of an investigation demonstrating that the Indonesian government is shipping containers of imported plastic from the United States to other countries, instead of back to the United States. Thirdly a report about the expected negative impacts of the proposed Dutch Waste Import Tax. Finally, a briefing note by the European Environment Agency provides an overview of exports of plastic waste from the 28 EU Member states.
For questions about the Waste Crime Alert, please contact Susan van den Brink.