REN newsflash

EPA (Taiwan) to Tighten Rules on Waste Cooking Oil Export
7 January 2015
The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has announced that it is set to mend a leak in existing regulations governing waste oil management and ban the export of waste cooking oil collected without government permission from homes and food stands. Existing regulations strictly stipulate the way waste cooking oil produced at restaurants, fast food chains and food processing companies can ...
EU Fight against Illegal Pesticides
5 January 2015
When customs officers seized 21t of counterfeit and illicit pesticides in Poland earlier this summer, it marked the end of the road for an illegal shipment smuggled more than 9,000 nautical miles from China. The raid was the result of a joint operation between the European Anti-Fraud Office (Olaf), Polish customs officials and legitimate right-holders – global agrochemical companies whose p...
UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme Marks 10 years Making Sea Trade Safer from Crime
30 December 2014
An estimated 500 million containers accounting for 90 per cent  of the world's cargo are shipped around the world every year virtually uninspected, allowing consignments of narcotics, weapons and other illegal goods to enter countries undetected. The global Container Control Programme (CCP) was therefore established in 2004 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the ...
15th issue of Newsflash released
19 December 2014
Highlights in this issue: § REN participated in the Annual Meeting of WCO Asia-Pacific Regional Intelligence Liaison Office § Green Customs Initiative Partners renew their commitment § INTERPOL environmental working group meetings enhance collaboration § Montreal Protocol celebrates landmark achievement with universal ratification of all amendme Click here to dow...
Wolverhampton (UK) man handed Community Order for attempting to ship waste illegally
17 December 2014
On Tuesday 9 December, Emmanuel Yaw Tachie, of Mayfield Road, Wolverhampton pleaded guilty at Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court to waste shipment offences. Between May 2013 and September 2013 the defendant was warned for attempting to illegally export electrical waste from the Bilston Industrial Estate to Ghana. Despite this warning, in November 2013 the defendant ordered a 40 foot shipping ...
Industries call for stopping illegal exports of ELVs from EU
16 December 2014
'Each year, we lose around 8 million end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) in Europe; this means 12 million tonnes of scrap and plastics,' according to Oliver Scholz, CEO of German metals recycling company Scholz Holding. The illegal export of used cars has to be stopped as soon as possible, he urged at an international workshop in Brussels attended by representatives of the EU Commission, the Europ...
Poland to import toxic waste from El Salvador
15 December 2014
A shipment of 72 metric tons of toxic agricultural waste is on its way to be processed in Poland.  The shipment is part of a 300-metric-ton deal Poland signed with El Salvador for the processing of waste which includes agricultural products: solid, liquid, and packaging from pesticides. The Minister revealed that the deal is worth 88 million euro. The waste will be processed by Sarpi, a plan...
Taiwan bans waste oil imports following edible oil scandal
15 December 2014
The Environmental Protection Administration on Friday announced a ban on imports of recycled waste oil, following the latest edible oil scandal involving local companies buying oil unfit for human consumption and making it into cooking oil. The ban, which took effect Friday (December 5), seeks to bar recycled waste oil from entering the food supply chain and prevent the hazards it poses to consum...
Philippines wants Canada to take back tons of garbage sent to its country illegally
12 December 2014
Philippine customs officials are still looking for a way to return 50 shipping containers filled with garbage that arrived in their country from Canada. The garbage was discovered in an illegal shipment in February. CCTV America’s Barnaby Lo reported this story from Manila. The illegal garbage was labeled “recyclable plastic”, which would have been legal, but the containers actu...
INTERPOL environmental working group meetings enhance collaboration
4 December 2014
Designing a joint international strategy to tackle environmental crime is the focus of a series of Environmental Crime Working Group Meetings being held at the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon. The 25th Wildlife Crime Working Group Meeting, the 19th Pollution Crime Working Group Meeting and the 3rd Fisheries Crime Working Group Meeting were held from 25-27 November, along with pa...
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