Supervision of shipments of waste and illegal waste shipments

Monitoring waste shipments

The Finnish Environment Institute monitors shipments of waste in cooperation with customs authorities and the police. In addition to inspections in ports and at border crossings, special attention is given to shipments of waste electrical and electronic equipment and waste vehicles outside of the EU. The Finnish Environment Institute also inspects companies together with the environmental authorities responsible for monitoring the companies.

Finnish Environment Institute is participating in the EU's IMPEL-TFS projects, which aim to improve inspections in the member states of the EU. IMPEL is a cooperation network supporting the implementation of the EU's environmental legislation.

Illegal shipment of waste

Illegal shipments of waste are defined in Article 2, subsection 35, of the EU Regulation on Shipment of Waste. Possible types of illegal shipments include:

  • shipping waste that is subject to a waste shipment permit without such a permit
  • shipping waste that is subject to a waste shipment permit without approval from all competent authorities
  • exporting waste for final disposal outside the EU, or exporting hazardous waste for recovery to countries that are not members of the EFTA, the EU, or the OECD.
  • shipping waste in a different way than stated in the notification on the shipment of waste
  • shipping waste under a permit obtained by giving false information
  • shipping waste for recovery or disposal to a country or facility whose environmental standards do not comply with international provisions

Even shipments of green waste may be illegal, for example if Annex VII is not included or the shipment is conducted in a manner other than stated in Annex VII.

Arrangements in cases of illegal shipments

When a competent authority notices an illegal shipment, it immediately reports the case to the other competent authorities concerned.

The main responsible party for illegal shipments of waste is either the notifier or the consignee. The authorities of the country of dispatch and the country of destination agree on how to organise the take-back and processing of the waste.

Costs of illegal waste shipments

The costs related to the take-back and processing of the waste are paid by either the exporter (notifier) or the consignee.

Published 2013-09-09 at 12:35, updated 2019-08-30 at 13:55