The EEB welcomes the inception impact assessment (IIA) of the Waste Shipment Regulation (WSR) stressing the intention to stop exporting waste outside the EU and revisit existing rules.
According to the IIA, “International trade in waste has increased considerably. In 2016, four times more waste were traded across international borders than in 1992 and this waste had a value of around 100 billion euro. In 2016, export of waste from the EU to third countries outside the EU amounted to around 40 million tonnes, around 20% of the global export of waste. At the same time, approximately 13 million tonnes of waste were imported into the EU.”