A post on the Gov.uk blog on 26 June says that the BBC report shows that it appears some waste is ending up dumped on roadsides instead of being recycled. Under EU rules, waste cannot be exported to non-EU/EFTA countries (such as Turkey) if it is for disposal, and the global market for secondary materials is subject to strict controls under international rules. Businesses involved in the shipment of waste are therefore required to take all necessary steps to ensure that the waste they ship and recycle is managed in an environmentally sound manner. The post says that the Environment Agency has observed an increase in exports to Turkey in recent months and are working to quantify this where possible in order to identify any Turkish sites of concern.
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