Praha - On 29 September, a container of waste was returned to the Czech Republic by Brazil, which sent it back to Europe stating that this was an illegal waste consignment. The returned container contained waste plastic foil and packaging, compressed in packages.
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History of the whole matter: In the middle of August, the communication media in Brazil stated that a container had been illegally shipped to Brazil from the Czech Republic, containing, instead of plastics designated for recycling, dirty packaging and waste, including used children’s diapers, hospital waste, dirty cleaning agent packaging and contaminated residues. The container was shipped to Brazil through Hamburg.
While the Ministry of the Environment, as the competent Czech authority, together with the German authority at the site of exit of the waste from the EU – BSU Hamburg – anticipated that, in accordance with the Basel Convention, the competent Brazilian authority would commence negotiations with them on the purported illegal shipment of waste, and repeatedly tried to contact them, the container with the waste was sent back to Hamburg by ship on 21 August, on the instruction of the Brazilian authorities.
Immediately following the first press reports from Brazil, the Czech Ministry of the Environment, in cooperation with the Czech Environmental Inspectorate and the Customs Administration, verified information on the actual course of the purportedly illegal export of waste. In cooperation with the company from which the waste was expedited, it was soon found that Czech company NEOMA s.r.o. sold the separated plastic packaging waste to Hong Kong company DAHSAN Ltd., which had it shipped to Brazil through a Korean transport company.
Although neither the Czech nor the German authority has obtained any information on the reasons why the Brazilian authorities sent the container back, it was necessary to respond to the fact that the waste consignment was on its way back and to adopt measures to deal with the situation. The Ministry of the Environment agreed with NEOMA s.r.o. that this company would voluntarily accept the container of waste returned from Brazil back into its place of operations, from which it had originally been expedited, and would provide for recycling of the returned waste.
In spite of the fact that, according to the European regulation, in case of disagreement between the country of export and the country of import related to waste classification, it is necessary to respect the stricter opinion, from the viewpoint of the Czech Republic, it is not possible to agree with the information that Brazil later reported to the Secretariat of the Basel Convention, i.e. that shipment had been performed of a “mixture of plastics and other polymers with wastes collected from households” from the Czech Republic to Brazil, which constitutes illegal export as a result of actions on the part of the exporter.
The Czech Republic will inform the Secretariat of the Brazil Convention of the results following from the investigation of 29 September 2010 and of its opinion of the purported illegal export of waste to Brazil. Quelle: Ministry of the Environment of the Czech republic