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Transboundary waste shipments

On this page you will find the latest background information and statistics gathered by Eurostat about waste that is transferred between Member States, or exported from the EU to other parts of the world.

Hazardous waste flows

 

The Waste Shipment Regulation (WShipR) governs transboundary shipments of waste and requires all hazardous waste movements to be notified in advance to the authorities. Some non-hazardous types of waste are also covered. Member States report on the waste that is shipped across their borders.

 

 

There is a ban on exporting hazardous waste from OECD countries to non-OECD countries, due to their lack of waste treatment capacity. Where illegal shipments of waste take place, it is typically due to material, often hazardous, being sent to another EU country or to a developing country in order to save money on proper treatment.

 

For more information on recent data and some historic trends, see a Statistics Explained article on  Waste Shipments.

 

Data

Data

 

 

The data on transboundary shipments of waste can be downloaded here:

 

 

Maps

Maps

 

 

Across Europe, hazardous waste is transferred between countries for processing and disposal. Map 1 shows the countries with the top 15 volumes of waste moving between them in 2011.


 

Hazardous waste flows

 

Map 1 - Hazardous waste shipments from EU Member States (larger flows), in kg per capita, 2011


 

 

 

 

 

Hazardous waste flows

 

Map 2 - Hazardous waste shipments between EU Member States (smaller flows), in kg per capita,  2011


 

 



 

 

 

 

 

Useful addresses

  • Environment DG: Waste shipments (Reports)
  • Basel Convention Centre
  • Basel Convention: Waste shipments (Reports )
  • The European Topic Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production: Waste shipments (Reports )
  • European Environment Agency: Waste shipment (Reports)
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    Last update 08.04.2014