The waste trade – legal and illegal
The new EEA report is published in the week that European Ministers for the Environment discussed plans to support waste management and recycling industries. These make a significant contribution to the EU economy and provide an estimated 1.5 million jobs –mostly in small and medium-sized enterprises. The current economic downturn has slowed down demand for recycled materials resulting in a global surplus of waste collected for recycling. At the same time, the increased cross-border waste shipments show that during the last years, a European and global recycling market has developed.
The more we know about the legal shipment of waste, the better we will understand illegal practices and the functioning of the waste management and recycling industries in Europe.
- EEA Report 'Waste without borders in the EU'
- Read the Signals 2009 story 'Not in my back yard'
- Transboundary shipments of waste in the EU. Developments 1995 - 2005 and possible drivers – ETC/RWM Technical Report 2008/1
Press release of the Council of the European Union (Environment)
published 2 March 2009
'The fall in demand for recycled materials' - Information from the
EU Presidency published 25 February 2009
For references, please go to www.eea.europa.eu/soer or scan the QR code.
This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe's environment.
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