REN newsflash

B.C. (Canada) issues first fine for improper export of hazardous recyclables
13 July 2015
A West Coast numbered company known as Electronics Recycling Canada has pled guilty to exporting hazardous recyclable battery material without a permit or notification. It’s a first for the province, and will force the company to pay $40,000 in fines to a B.C. court. The exported goods included lead-acid batteries and used nickel-cadmium batteries. Source: Solid Waste and Recycling (Click...
New Law on Environmental Crimes Approved in Italy
10 July 2015
On May 19 2015, the Italian Senate gave final approval to a long-awaited law on environmental crimes (Draft Law 1345(B)). As a result, Italy has finally systematically codified its legislation on environmental crimes in line with the EU Environmental Crime Directive (2008/99/EC), which holds that member states must ensure that environmental crimes are punishable by "effective, proportional an...
Scottish SEPA Details Export Contamination Stance
9 July 2015
Defining a contamination limit for ‘green list’ materials for export such as dry recyclables would not be beneficial or practical, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) said this week. The regulator reiterated its stance on contamination in waste for export in a detailed post on its website yesterday (July 1), in which it underlined its commitment not to stipul...
Europe Largest Illegal Toxic Dumping Site Discovered in Southern Italy
8 July 2015
The biggest toxic dumping site ever discovered in Europe is being investigated in the area of southern Italy plagued by cancer rates that are up to 80 per cent higher than the national average. Police say over two million cubic metres of dangerous material, including 25kg packets of French industrial waste and containers with solvents, have been dug out up in the Calvi Risorta area north of Naple...
Twenty-first issue of  REN Newsflash released
22 June 2015
Highlights in this issue:   REN Updates Country Survey on Combating Illegal Shipments of Wastes and Chemicals Enforcement Handbook on Controlling Illegal Shipments of Chemicals and Waste Available Online Protest at UN Geneva Meeting Over Canada’s Garbage Dumping, while Philippines Allows Its Disposal Illegal Pesticides 'Up to 10 Percent' of European Market Vietnam N...
Pesticide Doubts Sown
19 June 2015
Before fields are sown with seeds on Cambodia’s largest corn, cassava, rubber and tobacco plantations, the soil is first sprayed with glyphosate, the world’s leading herbicide. Glyphosate – commonly sold as Roundup – is largely marketed as a “safe” weed whacker, but recent data from the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate the herbicide is in fact a likely ...
Illegal Pesticides 'Up to 10 Percent' of European Market
18 June 2015
Counterfeit and otherwise illegal pesticides represent a sizeable chunk of the EU market and are putting consumers' health at risk, says agricultural consultancy ADAS. Citing figures which suggest the European market for illegal pesticides could be as much as €4.4m a year - which would equate to 7-10 per cent of the total trade in the region, ADAS notes that the activity is put...
Third World: Dumping Ground for E-waste
17 June 2015
Durban - The UN’s top environmental watchdog has warned about a growing tide of electronic waste that threatens to poison people and the environment worldwide. Launching a new report titled “Waste Crimes”, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) chief Achim Steiner said environmental crimes in many parts of the world were still viewed as “victimless crimes”, with perpetrator...
E-waste Finds its Way into Aurangabad's Weekly Market (India)
16 June 2015
Out-of-date switches, routers, hardware firewalls and wireless network devices used for computers are being sold at throwaway prices during the local Sunday market. Such e-waste contains high amounts of toxic chemicals, including cadmium, lead and chromium, and has to be destroyed as per norms.  Small-time scrap dealers in the city are purchasing and dismantling these articles without taking...
New Indian Import Regulations Beginning in July
16 June 2015
The Indian Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) published stricter preshipment inspection (PSI) requirements for ferrous and non-ferrous scrap shipments on Monday of this week. The new rules go into effect on 1 July 2015, Ikbal Nathani, president of the Metal Recycling Association of India (Mrai) told attendees at the BIR (Bureau of International Recycling) Spring Convention on Tu...
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