Polish cabinet tightens waste trade rules

Poland's cabinet has approved a law to tighten inspections and checks on waste imports, experts and transits once Poland joins the EU on 1 May. The rules were drafted in an attempt to quell Polish fears that illegal waste shipments will become a bigger problem once routine border controls and customs checks on intra-EU shipments of goods disappear, the cabinet said. They will increase the authorities' powers to demand details about waste consignments and their final destination and to carry out follow-up checks. Breaching the rules will be a criminal offence. See statement.

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