German hazwaste import boom continuing

Germany continued to import ever more controlled - mainly hazardous - wastes in 2003, according to figures from the country's envronment agency. At 4.9m tonnes, imports were about 25% higher than in 2002 (EED 10/12/03). The agency predicted a further rise in 2004. In contrast German controlled waste exports were just under 1m tonnes in 2003 and are expected to be at similar levels next year. Fuelling imports are Germany's lower waste treatment fees relative key neighbouring countries, the agency noted. Biggest exporters to Germany in 2003 were the Netherlands and Belgium. See press release.

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