The European practice of exporting pollution could soon end as the Commission presented a new proposal for stricter rules on waste shipments.
Much of the waste the EU produces ends up much further away than its borders.
Almost half of it ends up in countries where it is incinerated or where are no environmental guarantees – increasing the potential harm to nature. In 2020 the bloc exported 32.7 million tonnes of waste, most of it to Turkey.
The EU now says there will be more scrutiny of shipments. Find out more here.