Waste shipments: EU tightens rules

Ban on plastic waste exports

In a significant move to protect the global environment, the European Parliament has adopted stricter rules on waste shipments. One of the reform’s key measures is a ban on plastic waste exports to non-OECD countries. This decision, adopted by a large majority, aims to limit cross-border pollution and encourage responsible waste management.

Exports of plastic waste from the EU to non-OECD countries will be banned within two and a half years of the regulation coming into force. This measure aims to put an end to the massive dumping of plastic waste in regions where environmental standards may be less stringent. In addition, exports to OECD countries will be subject to more stringent conditions to ensure proper waste management.

Digitization of information exchanges

Another major advance in this reform is the digitization of information exchanges on waste shipments within the EU. Through a central electronic platform, member states will be able to share data on the origin, destination and transport route of waste. This initiative aims to improve communication and transparency in the waste management process, enabling more effective monitoring and better coordination between member countries.