Will the EA’s attempts at halting illegal waste exports work?

The EA’s plans to toughen the regulation of waste exports and tighten checks at ports have been welcomed by the sector, but do they go far enough? Conor McGlone reports

The Environment Agency (EA) is upping its game in tackling illegal waste exports, more than doubling the number of containers it repatriated last year.

In a three-page document circulated last week via the Advisory Committee on Packaging, the EA noted that in 2017/18 it inspected 1,012 shipping containers of waste at English ports and ordered the return of 367 containers to UK waste sites, preventing the illegal export of over 7,000 tonnes of waste.

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