On 29 August, an article from Rferl says that 3 years after China blocked imports of garbage from developed countries, Romania is becoming a new dumping ground for illegally imported trash from mostly European countries. It says that companies trying to slash their costs ship the trash to Romania, where profitable black-market operations charge around €250 per ton to receive the waste. But instead of being disposed of according to regulations, the trash is simply dumped in landfills or burned. The head of Romania’s environmental protection agency says that around 3,700 tons of waste has been smuggled into Romania in 2021 alone.
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