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tv   Reporter - The Billion- Dollar Waste Business  Deutsche Welle  February 13, 2022 11:15am-11:31am CET

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and you're up to date up next on d, w. europe's duty secret. a look at the $1000000000.00 waste business. that's in our show reporter. of course, there's plenty more for you on our website, www. dot com. and on instagram and twitter to handle there is that d w news expire . so we'll be back in 45 minutes with the headlines. i'm jared read building. thanks for watching. have a great day with fake hair and real story where i come from, a lot of women like me have fe care. sometimes a hair cell takes up to 2 days. it's a lot of time that needs to be filled. so people at the salon, talk about what's happening in their lives. i became a journalist to be a story taylor, and i always want to find those real authentic stories from everyday people who have something to share. with all the time i spend at the salon,
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i know good quality hair when i see it's and a good story when i hear it. my name is elizabeth joel and i work at c w ah ah, waste a business worth billions circumventing recycling regulations, for example, by simply burning trash can mean big profits for decades. all so german waste has been smuggles illegally to eastern europe. it's a touchy subject. i put the camera away to bickley morgan's reviews or structures of organized crime, sort of showed romanian climate active if dr. young virginia was to bring the trash
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smugglers to justice, but they are hard to catch her yet again, an illegal romanian luncheon is on fire. a year ago, november channel was head commissioner of romania as environmental police. he was leading the investigation button over on for the morrow them up. a lot of materials were burned here to venture for 20 minutes. there was a lot of smoke that were fall, 2 fires like that. the south of book rest 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 because there is also a constant illegal burning of waste, including from germany. last
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summer, romanian boarded 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 metal 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 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 tease according to register as it's also co owner of the romanian company at european police agency. europe.
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paul, the unopened art explains how the legal trash business works. he'd a foreign court soon should either fund or wilkin were talking about corruption document forgery, and also money laundering quincy kind of on our skin. and you can assume that these gags are not experts in the document forgery or corruption and across lorton recording furniture. that means they outsource a criminal act to sub contractors suffice outs, or criminal subcontractors whose 2020 amounts were criminal aaron's appointed a month. europe's illegal waste business is worse, 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 us 30 euros and attractive money saver hiring such companies is legal. but the waste can't contain any toxic
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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 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 bert journal, his being dismissed, environmentalists say he upset to many people in his efforts to stop threat smuggling. this is the thickly morgan is that the car is still cooper, of whom quote are thought to. 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 cheperdak with omnia. so 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
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barbara to 3rd, the notice down below bare room go shop. 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 could burn for cement production, shift bloomberg, so the waste ends up being burned and fields. they r u. s. age and yet that brooklyn put the case is now with romaine, and prosecutors says, petticoat bach, i am the chief officer of the board of police is working with a state prosecutor. but it's on our very, the good dinner. jeremiah the company involved as received a court summons to says it is now a suspect from the federal nikosa. we've been working closely with her german counterparts. but i did the investigation who twisted in jeremiah the e. you requested us to do that. so pan down kid notches says, to find out how many were 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,
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some contain waste. we found out that green piece has also been aware of milan for some time. together with monford sonton 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. with the guy with the handle, we just told you. what about shipments from mila found in romania that our illegal was in the lunar golf? 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. you as young horton them is the ones illustrated . please put the camera away. a few minutes later the manager acknowledge is the
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investigation, but says his waist shipments were illegal. now go as if you will mean. mm 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 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 mello. i was tagged as illegal there to the intermediary was the same belgian company deploy, listen for her pearly shot, or it is also identified your waste as illegal. i little false.
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mila is also being investigated by public prosecutors in germany, greenpeace to has its, i own the company. we, with the formula, we know that mailer supplies waste, malaysia. for example, rama hall looked into where malaysia it goes off. and also whether that waist is contaminated with things like roaming from us. we're still investigating who's an honest concern with 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 a po. statements had little basis back in romania,
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prosecutor to other needs or 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. crossville. so wanted on him, one minister's answer left me speechless and he said to call up as you and we can't do it because it would anger the big cement producers put them so far. they have a strong lobby. what are mighty political to let you month? god, i will not be those example tony function him 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 a port, you mean that they don't have filters or they don't use it because they're too expensive, but they don't use cooling systems. the smoke goes into the atmosphere hot and then it rains dioxin centurions, which is harmful substances month. it's an apocalypse,
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going look environmentally. still dr. young, 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 report. when are greg are muted? if we'd like to have a national registry showing all state environmental permits started on one or 2 of us look. so that everyone knows which plant has been approved for what kind of emissions for, for, from fisher to support. because right now there's no such centralized information, dr. mcgrew defected to put her 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 hyde of the ac, cement is refused, but also not allowed to fill 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
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so? is that really the case? data from the romanian border police suggest otherwise. in 2021, several illegal waste imports bound for a direct supplier of hydraulic cement 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, florida venue in there, for example, for an adviser to, to ministers has a 1000000 cubic meter illegal tom pretty cool. in the short properly, illegal prosecutor needs a says corruption, and the lack of controls are a problem all over europe. his on his way to another inspection or from others. although i just got a call from the e. u. judicial authority, all about coordinating the case with germany and belgium ledger in romania charges
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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 person. oh, what about the criminals? are very fast. i be very adaptable to someone that they don't care. but the rules, semi's girl, they move really quickly. ok she, that's helpful if, if we the authorities are a mobile and they're slippery, we won't succeed. filled 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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