tv Reporter - The Billion- Dollar Waste Business Deutsche Welle February 13, 2022 7:15am-7:31am CET
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young, but china wants to bring the trash smugglers to justice, but they are hard to catch her yet again, an illegal romanian luncheon is on fire a year ago of young, but john was heads commissioner of romania as environmental police. he was leading the investigation button over on for the mother there. mother, lot of materials were burned here to venture for 20 minutes. there was a lot of smoke that were form 2 fires like dots of the south of progressed would be engulfed in smoke and stench. to be 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 because there is also the 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 constance up it was declared as plastic, but it also contains mattel, tires, batteries, and even carcinogenic asbestos hazardous waste. according to e regulations, there seems to be an international network. behind this practice, the trash was exploited by a german company called mila eden retired mia hamburg the romanian importer had already been investigated for recycling fraud. the belgian intermediaries also involved and it's in the side of the bet channel tori tease according to register
as it's also co owner of the romanian company at european police agency. europe hold young, open art, explains how the legal trash business works, either foreign co op soon, which lead 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 in the document forgery or corruption from large enroll, couldn't federal. that means they outsource a criminal act to sub contractors, supplies, outs, or criminal subcontractors who's who, through super, plenty of on. so crewman ends up one penny month. europe's illegal waste businesses worse and estimated $15000000000.00 euros per year. it functions like this? in europe most to waste the must be recycled by law in germany, recycling companies charge $500.00 euros per ton. while romanian companies charged
30 euros and attractive money saver hiring such companies is legal, but the waste can't contain any toxic components. so german company might use a cheaper service from abroad and fail to properly separate his waste. the waste may not go through costly 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 octavian. but john, or has been dismissed. environmentalists say he upsets too many people in his efforts to stop threat smuggling methodically. morgan is up or go through cobra, one quarter. i thought these are structures of organized crime under the interpret shifting waste from countries like germany, britain, italy, but also from bulgaria and romania itself is the generic word omnia thaw, bulgaria. this waste sometimes travels thousands of kilometers to get here. the
e u says germany is one of the most important markets for threat smugglers or barbara to 3rd, the notice down below bare room garage of some of the waste goes to cement factories, all american rock their quarters. if up some contracts cover up the fact that much more waste gets imported from these factories could burn for cement production, shift bloomberg, so the waste ends up being burned and feels failure of age and yoga book and put the case is now with romaine and prosecutor says petty callback, i'm the chief officer of the board. the police is working with a state prosecutor, but fun are really good dinner. jeremiah the company involved as received a court summons to says it is now a suspect take from the federal nikosa. we've been working closely with their german counterparts by the investigation, who took it in jeremiah the e. you requested us to do that. so pan down could not just says to find out how manual responds to the accusations we had to hamburg. it's home to europe's 3rd
largest port. each here, millions of containers are shipped from here. some contain waste. we found out that green piece has also been aware of mellow for some time. together with monford duncan, from greenpeace germany, we ask 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 with the value of the animal. we just told you. what about shipments from mila found in romania that are illegal more than you guys? no, no, no, ma'am? yes. isn't your being prosecuted there? that's rubbish. it's been cleared up. mistake would you like to say that on camera? i'm not the right person to talk to be as young hulu and amazon sailors fellow.
just put the camera away. a few minutes later, the manager acknowledges the investigation, but says his waist shipments were illegal. now, as if you will mean mm hm. you 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 remain in prosecutors. d. w has seen the reports. it says a mix of waste was found in all containers, plastic wood, textiles, batteries, storage, batteries, metal, copper, aluminum, asbestos. that would mean undeclared, toxic components and polish authorities told us a waste shipment from mellow i was tagged as illegal there to the intermediary was the same belgian company to pilot on behalf polish authorities 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 recently moved, we know that mailer supplies waste malaysia, for example, grandma and how we've looked into where malaysia it goes with. and also whether that waste is contaminated with things like rominger from us. we're still investigating it on, on a cellphone. but there's a 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 you are opposed. statements had little basis back in romania
prosecutor till donita is leading the investigation. the hammer 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 is 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 up with them. so far they have a strong lobby. what are mighty political towards human? got all of those example to nick function him is and yet cement factories can burn certain kinds of ways to make energy as long as they adhere to legal requirements. so sort of like what, what do we have them if 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 harmful substances human. it's an apocalypse. go and look environmentally still davian, but john wants to show as 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 nothing. but when are 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, everyone knows which plant has been approved for what kind of emissions are for form for teachers apart. 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 a case? data from their romaine and border police suggests otherwise. in 2021, several illegal waste imports bound for a direct supplier of height of x. immense was stopped. as john was convinced that's 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. my florida venue in there, for example, for an adviser to to ministers has a 1000000 cubic meter illegal. tom pretty cool. in the short battalion, illegal when the prosecutor needs us as corruption and the lack of controls are a problem all over europe. his, on his way to another inspection was from others. though i just got a call from the you judicial authority. all about coordinating the case with
germany and belgium ledger in romania 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 in franklin. so what about criminals are very fast. i be very adaptable to some of that. they don't care, but the rules, semi's girl, they move really quickly. okay. she, that's helpful. if we, the authorities are a mobile and they're slippery. we won't succeed to that 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. ah
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