Subcategories Project status:
Verification of Waste Destinations II
- Number: 2004/16
- Status: Finalised
- Period: 2004-2006
- Lead Country: Netherlands
Project team countries:
- Czech Republic
The project concluded that:
- Joint European enforcement has been established. Fourteen European countries cooperated in the enforcement of waste shipment regulations focussing on the verification of the destination of waste shipments. Countries collaborated in checking waste shipments “from cradle to grave”;
- Enforcement of regulations is absolutely needed. Outcomes show that enforcement of waste shipment regulations is absolutely needed, as already presented at the project results above. Enforcement of legislation is therefore needed to protect the environment; but this is not yet the norm;
- Application of the combined inspection methods is effective and vital, but difficult.The execution of transport inspections and the verification of waste shipments have been applied, and are seen as methods with their own strengths and weaknesses.
The project outcomes form no guarantee for a uniform European level playing field, because there are:
- Large varieties in tasks, competencies, enforcement instruments, and application of legal and administrative penalties amongst countries involved;
- No uniform waste interpretations, also with reference to problematic waste streams in various countries;
- Inappropriate recourses for adequate and effective (international) enforcement of EU Regulation 259/93, like lack of human and financial recourses, other priorities, knowledge and information exchange on national and international level. Moreover, some countries indicated that a European project as this one is needed to allocate recourses on national level for the enforcement of waste shipment regulations within their organisations.
The IMPEL-TFS Verification of waste destination – II project is focussing on the practical implementation of Article 30 of EU Regulation 259/93. One of the main aims is to gain insight in and improve compliance of waste shipment legislation regarding the verification of (the final destination of) waste shipments. European cooperation on operational level between enforcement authorities involved should be improved, as well as the exchange of practical knowledge and experiences on related issues. In doing so, the chance for being caught is enlarged, and the enforcement and compliance level of waste shipment legislation is improved.
The project was carried out in three phases:
- Preparation phase (December 2004 – February 2005). Preparatory actions were carried out, as well as the organisation of a starting conference in Berlin (Germany, 23, 24 and 25 February 2005);
- Operational phase (March 2005 – April 2006). During the operational phase, participating countries carried out a number of joint, European coordinated enforcement activities, more in particular by the execution of transport inspections in three different months during 2005 and 2006. An interim meeting was organised in Zagreb (Croatia, 1 and 2 December 2005);
- Reporting phase (April 2006 – May 2006). During this last phase the results of all enforcement activities were analysed and formed the bases for the final project report.