The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime has published a report which traces illicit plastic waste flows, supply chains and actors.  It says that shipping of different types of waste from Western countries to Asia and Africa has been an ongoing phenomenon since the 1970s.  This has highlighted a great power imbalance in what has been labelled ‘waste colonialism.  China banned such imports in 2018.  Now, it says, SE Asia has become by far the largest recipient of waste from Europe and North America as well as from Australia. In addition, the role of African countries as receiving destinations is growing for both the North American and European waste trade, often coinciding with well-established electronic waste (e-waste) flows, which encompasses products such as computers, televisions and mobile phones.  The report finds that although legitimate business operators represent the majority of the culprits, there is evidence of organised criminal groups’ involvement in illicit waste disposal for the purpose of money laundering and tax evasion. In some cases, illicit trade in plastic waste may also converge with the trafficking of other illicit commodities

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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