Shock increase in Irish waste exports

National plan shows economic, industrial, growth caused doubling in shipments in four years

Irish exports of hazardous waste more than doubled in the four years to 1999 to reach 107,000 tonnes, the country's environmental protection agency revealed yesterday. The figures were included in Ireland's first national hazardous waste management plan.

High economic growth, and particularly the growing chemical and pharmaceutical industries, are the main reason for higher waste exports, the plan shows. While shipments to the UK remained static over the four years, exports rose sharply to countries such as the Netherlands and Germany - in the latter case from 387 tonnes to 41,000 tonnes. The EPA estimates that total arisings could increase from 370,000 tonnes in 1999 to 485,000 tonnes by 2006.

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