tv Reporter - The Billion- Dollar Waste Business Deutsche Welle February 14, 2022 9:45am-10:00am CET
is crime is sort of the shortest romanian climate activists don't have younger. turner wants to bring the trash smugglers to justice, but they are hard to catch her. yet again, an illegal domain. and luncheon is on fire. a year ago, i've yon burton was had commissioner of romania as environmental police. he was leading the investigation problem button over on what from out of them up. a lot of materials were burned here to voucher for 20 minutes school. there was a lot of smoke reform to far as like that the south progressed, would be engulfed and smoke unstantiated. 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 ear 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. a belgian intermediary is also involved and it's in the side of the belt. sorry. jeez. according to register as
it's also co owner of the romanian company at european police agency, europe. all the unopened art explains how the legal trash business works the, the foreign court. so on the, the front of wilkin, we're talking about corruption, document forgery and also money laundering for the kind of an old game. and you can assume that these guys are not experts in the document forgery or corruption on a fuck lorton. rockland federal that means they outsource a criminal act to sub contractors, 5 outs or criminal subcontractors through through look and 21. so criminals appointed a month, europe see legal 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 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 of the landfill. we thought of yon, but john or his being dismissed. environmentalists say he upset too many people in his efforts to stop threat smuggling. this is historically, morgan is that the coastal 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. if the cheperdak romania 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 part of they are to 3rd, the not to some of the low bedroom got shut off. 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, wendy's factories could burn for cement production, shift bloomberg. so the waste ends up being burned and fields k r u. s. age. and yet that the can 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 really good dinner. jeremiah the company involved as received a court summons to says it was now a suspect from the federal casa. we've been working closely with her german counterparts, were out of the investigation. it was a bit injured. among the e. you requested us to do that hope and anchor than i to assess. 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 are shipped from here. 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 it doesn't want to comment. 10 days earlier, which sent a press inquiry but got no response. then the manager comes to ask what we're doing with the handle, we just told you. what about the shipments from mila found in romania that are illegal more than really go? 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 or from them as the ones emotionally
just put the camera away from them. a few minutes later, the manager acknowledges the investigation, but says his waist shipments were illegal. now. other people mean mm hm. i know the romanians are doing something for me, 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, listened to her polish authorities, also identified your waste as illegal. i'm 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 to militia, for example, armand hall, we've looked into where in malaysia it goes off and also whether that waist is contaminated with things like roaming from us. we're still investigating it on, on a concern. 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, the other needs are, 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 worn about 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 much . they have a strong lobby, but i'm not able to go to college human. got all of those heavy. the pl tony function was, 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 to me that's on that. they don't have filters, but they don't use that because they're too expensive, but they don't use cooling systems. your smoke goes into the atmosphere hot and
then it rains, dioxin insurance, which is a harmful substances month. it's an apocalypse. go and look environmentally. still dr. young. but john wants to show us one of the largest cement factories in romania . it belongs to a large german company high. the vic cement he meets up with lawmaker douglas for pay school was proposed the bill to stop illegal waste incineration and i thought when i greg are muted, if we'd like to have a national registry showing all state environmental permits startled on one rug to the floor, so that everyone knows which plant has been approved for what kind of emissions of furniture from fog. because right now there's no such centralized information. dr. mcquaid devoted 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 hyde 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 to lee suggests otherwise in 2021, several illegal waste imports bound for a direct supplier of high. the vic cement was stopped. as john was convinced that's bribes are common in the waste industry to prevent illegal shipments being discovered. damn therapy, so been co. bonnie: more about it in the show it i don't i have clear evidence that this dirty money ends up in politics switch laura manual there. for example, if an adviser to, to ministers has a 1000000 cubic meter illegal. tom pretty cool. in the short battalion, 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 e. u. 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. very soon, for 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. ok, 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.
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