European firms face near total ban on waste exports

The EU executive is proposing to ban waste exports unless the recipient country can prove it has the capacity to safely and sustainably handle it, commissioner Virginjus Sinkevicius has pledged as a new report highlights the scale of a global pollution problem.

by Robert Hodgson
A dragon spews plastic outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on Thursday. The EU executive has promised to crack down on plastic waste exports. Photo: Thierry Monasse/Getty Images
A dragon spews plastic outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on Thursday. The EU executive has promised to crack down on plastic waste exports. Photo: Thierry Monasse/Getty Images

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