Illegal waste imports into Latvia stopped

The State Environmental Service (VVD), in cooperation with the competent authorities of Poland, suspended illegal import of 549.38 tonnes of plastic and rubber waste into Latvia, the VVD informed on June 18.

The company “Why recycle” illegally imported waste from a variety of companies in the U.K. between May 25 and June 16. The VVD has started to take measures to return the waste to its country of origin. Since the company has provided a financial security of EUR 100 000 under the regulatory framework, if it does not cooperate willingly, the VVD will use it to cover the costs of these activities.

The VVD carried out an inspection, including the “Why recycle” plastic waste recycling plant on Prohorova Street 1, in Jelgava, on the basis of information received from the competent Polish authorities on the alleged illegal cross-border waste traffic flows. It is concluded that the company has an existing Category B permit for processing municipal waste and the sorting or temporary storage of municipal waste. However, it does not have an authorization to manage the type of waste imported.

The VVD has found that shipments of plastic and rubber waste received from the United Kingdom have been illegally imported into Latvia without obtaining consent and thus failing to comply with internationally agreed conditions for cross-border waste shipments. 

The enterprise may not carry out any activity with such waste until the VVD's further guidance on the management of this waste.

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