Should the EU ban all exports of its waste? - Zero Waste Cities


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Should the EU ban all exports of its waste?

7th December 2021 · 2:00 PM (CET)

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The 2018 ban by China on waste exports contributed to unveil the truth about European waste and its destination, as a large quantity is shipped across the sea causing disastrous, health, social and environmental impacts.  As after China, more countries are deciding to ban the import of such waste while rules have been strengthened at the international level, this webinar will look at whether it’s time the EU implemented a full ban on the export of its waste and what impact this would have. 

2021 saw growing recognition that the problem of waste trade goes beyond tweaking shipments rules but lies with overconsumption and the need for waste generators to take full responsibility. As the EU undergoes its policy research and development for this topic, we are convening a webinar to understand what policies the EU should be aiming for, how these can help prevent communities around the world from receiving Europe’s unwanted trash and what this means for our own internal recycling market.

This webinar will go into greater depth to answer these key questions:

    • What are the latest developments regarding EU law on waste shipments and what would a waste export ban mean in practice? 
    • How can we increase transparency and accountability within the current system?
    • What impact would a ban on the export of plastic waste have on Europe’s residual waste management system and recycling market? What can those who are working towards zero waste do to help tackle this issue? 




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