tv Reporter - The Billion- Dollar Waste Business Deutsche Welle February 13, 2022 4:15am-4:31am CET
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dr. young bird turner wants to bring the trash smugglers to justice, but they are hard to catch her. yet again, an illegal domain in luncheon is on fire. a year ago, november channel was head commissioner of romania as environmental police. he was leading the investigation problem. but the owner of are all part of the mar them up a lot of materials were burned here. all richer for 20 minutes. there was a lot of smoke them were for to far as like that the south of progressed would be engulfed and smoke and stench. in fact, all of bucharest suffers from big environmental problems several times in recent years. limits have been exceeded a 100 times over. the problem isn't just vehicles. there is also
a constant illegal burning of waste, including from germany. last summer, romanian border police discovered over 1800 tons of suspicious waste. in the black sea ports of constant that it was declared as plastic, but it also contains mattel, tires, batteries, and even carcinogenic asbestos hazardous waste. according to e regulations. hey, there seems to be an international network. behind this practice, the trash was escorted by a german company called mila eden retired mia hamburg the romanian importer had already been investigated for recycling fraud. a belgian intermediaries also involved and it's in the side of the bet channel tori teas,
according to register as it's also co owner of the romanian company at european police agency. europe. paul, the unopened art explains how the legal trash business works, either foreign co op sean shakeed upon or walk when we're talking about corruption, document forgery, and also money laundering, quincy kind of on our skin. and you can assume that these gangs are not experts and document forgery or corruption from large enroll, couldn't federal. and that means they outsource a criminal act to sub contractors, supplies outs, or criminal subcontractors, cruise to through super tony events. so criminals appointed a month. europe's illegal waste business is worth an estimated $15000000000.00 euros per year. it functions like this? in europe most ways must be recycled by law. in germany, recycling companies charge $500.00 euros per ton. while romanian companies charge
just 30 euros and attractive money saver hiring such companies is legal, but the waste can't contain any toxic components. so a german company might use a cheaper service from abroad and fail to properly separate his waste. the waste may not go through costco recycling, but my simply be burned or buried. only a small percentage is recycled. a few months late, so a back at the landfill with oblivion, but john or his being dismissed. environmentalists say he upsets to many people in his efforts to stop threat smuggling. the super perfectly morgan is up recorded for cobra. one quarter, i thought these are structures of organized crime out of the interpret shifting waste from countries like germany, britain, italy, but also from bulgaria and romania itself is the generic, ramirez bulgaria. this waste sometimes travels thousands of kilometers to get here
. the e u says germany is one of the most important markets for threats smugglers or barbara referred me not to found. the locker room garage of some of the waste goes to cement factories, all american ford arctic watches. if up some contracts cover up the fact that much more waste gets imported from these factories can burn for cement production, shift bloomberg, so the waste ends up being burned and feels failure of engine yup. at the computer . the case is now with romaine and prosecutor says, petticoat bach, i am the chief officer of the border police is working with the state prosecutor, but son are really good dinner. jeremiah the company involved as received a court summons to says it is now a suspect from the federal and cosa. we've been working closely with her german counterparts, but i did the investigation. it was a bit in jeremiah the e. you requested us to do that and, and can, i just says to find out how mellow a response to the accusations we had to hamburg. it's home to europe's 3rd largest
port. each here, millions of containers i shipped from here, some contain waste. we found out that green piece has also been aware of mellow for some time. together with mumford's unten from greenpeace germany, we asked the company to comment on the suspicious waste in romania, over the phone. my lawyer tells us he doesn't want to comment 10 days earlier, which sent to press inquiry, but got no response. then the manager comes to ask what we're doing. without the handle, we just told you. what about shipments from mila found in romania that are illegal? more than you guys? no, no, ma'am, yes. isn't your being prosecuted there? that's rubbish. it's been cleared up. mistaken. would you like to say that on camera? i'm not the right person to talk to. the i'm the whole from them is the ones emotionally,
please put the camera away. a few minutes later the manager acknowledges the investigation but says his waist shipments were illegal. not as if you were mean you. hm. i know the romanians are doing something, but the romanians didn't do any analysis. they just thought, oh, there's a piece of cable or a piece of circuit boarded there. but when it, when you read the waste, was analyzed by german that bore a tree on behalf of romanian prosecutors. d. w has seen the reports. it says a mix of waste was found in all containers. plastic would textiles, batteries, storage, batteries, metal, copper, aluminum, asbestos, that would mean undeclared, toxic components and polish authorities. told us a waste shipment from mello. i was tagged as illegal there to the intermediary was the same belgian company deploy this on behalf pearly shot, or it is also identified your waste as illegal. i little false.
mila is also being investigated by public prosecutors in germany, greenpeace. to has its eye on the company. we with the formula, we know that mailer supplies, waste, malaysia. for example, armand, how we've looked into where malaysia it goes with and also whether that waste is contaminated with things like roaming from us. we're still investigating who's on, on this infernal withers or suspicion that contamination levels are too high for one of the executive says that's false and there's no bro mine in his waste. we also try to get a statement about illegal waste shipments from germany's environmental agency that still authority that provides statistics on german waste exports. our interview request was refused several times. in fact, a representative wrote to tell us that these cases were irrelevant and that europe
whole statements had little basis back in romania prosecutor till donita is leading the investigation. the hamburg case is one of many cases of trash smuggling he is examining. he says the problem isn't just dishonest businesses, but also corrupt politicians in recent years, his repeatedly called on the government in bucharest to finally take action against the trash smugglers. elsewhere. so wanted on him, one minister's answer left me speechless and she said to call up as you are, we can't do it because it would anger the big cement producers. no put them so far . they have a strong lobby. what are mighty political doors that human god, i will not be those every day platonic function. him is and yet cement factories can burn certain kinds of ways to make energy as long as day at here to legal requirements. so sort of like, what do we have them, they don't have filters or they don't use them because they're too expensive, but they don't use cooling systems. the smoke goes into the atmosphere hot and then
it rains, dioxin insurance, which is a harmful substances human. it's an apocalypse, going look. environmental is still davian, but john wants to show us one of the largest cement factories in romania. it belongs to a large german company, high. the like cement he meets up with lawmaker douglas for pay school was proposed the bill to stop illegal waste incineration for warner. greg are muted if we'd like to have a national registry showing all state environmental permits startled on one like to have some thoughts every one knows which plant has been approved for what kind of emissions for, for purposes of bob. because right now, there's no such centralized information, dr. mcgrew defected to put in these regions. air, soil, and water pollution are very high happen. a lot of waste is burned and factories showed. our request for an interview with height of like cement, is refused. we're also not allowed to film on the factory premises,
but the company assures us by email that it doesn't import any waste and doesn't work with any suppliers. who do so? is that really the case? data from the romanian border please suggest otherwise. in 2021, several illegal waste imports bound for a direct supplier of height of x. immense was stopped. as john was convinced that bribes are common in the waste industry to prevent illegal shipments being discovered jumped up. it had been co bonnie more about a been the show it i don't, i have clear evidence that this dirty money ends up in politics. laura ben, newer for example, for. busy an adviser to, to ministers has a 1000000 cubic meter illegal. tom pretty cool. in the short propelling illegal prosecutor needs are, says corruption, and the lack of controls are a problem all over europe. his on his way to another inspection or from others though i just got a call from the you judicial authority. all about coordinating the case with
germany and belgium ledger l mania charges have been filed against a hamburg based company. now, a judge will decide whether mila acted criminally or not, but needs. his work is far from done. i voted on board for, but i criminals are very fast. i be very, adaptable to someone, and they don't care. but the rules, semi's girl, they move really quickly. okay, should i tell them if we, the authorities are a mobile and they're slippery, we won't succeed up since china band, the import of plastic waste in 2018 waste. explorers are looking more and more to countries like romania bulgaria and poland. germany is considered a world leader in recycling, but that's partly thanks to it's many waste exports to eastern europe.
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