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Customs: Sweden exports tonnes of illegal waste

Published tisdag 7 januari 2014 kl 19.13
Over 700 tonnes of illegal and hazardous waste was stopped by border officials last year. Photo: Britt-Inger Hellström/SR

Every year Sweden exports tonnes of electronic and hazardous waste to developing countries, according to Swedish customs officials who say the number is only "the tip of the iceberg". Almost half of all waste transports that are stopped by the customs contain illegal and hazardous waste, news agency TT reports.

Over 700 tonnes of illegal waste was stopped by the Swedish customs last year, and customs officials in the southern province of Skåne says to TT that one in two waste transports that they stopped contained illegal waste last year.

Electronic waste such as car batteries, parts of old refrigerators and certain car parts are illegal to export outside of the EU unless you have a special export license.

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