German controlled waste imports spiral upward
The amount of controlled waste imported by Germany jumped by almost 50% in 2002, according to latest annual waste trade figures released by the country's environment agency. Total imports amounted to 3.9m tonnes, over half of it from the Netherlands, where waste treatment fees increased sharply. The agency said it expected imports to climb further to 4.5m tonnes in 2004, over four times higher than the level as recently as 1999. German exports of controlled wastes fell from 1.5m tonnes in 2001 to 1.25m tonnes in 2002. See press release and graph.