‘Trash is cash’: 7 key elements of proposed EU waste shipment reforms

The EU executive wants to ensure Europe deals with its own rubbish, rather than allowing exports – up 75% since 2004 at 33 million tonnes a year – to countries that often lack the capacity to deal with it sustainably. Here are the main points in the proposal to reform the 2006 Waste Shipment Regulation.

by Robert Hodgson
Shipping containers stacked at the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Under a new Commission proposal, waste shipments would be more tightly regulated. Photo: Niels Wenstedt/BSR Agency/Getty Images
Shipping containers stacked at the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Under a new Commission proposal, waste shipments would be more tightly regulated. Photo: Niels Wenstedt/BSR Agency/Getty Images

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