M.Phil Year 2 Translation 06HT Week 6

UK firms caught in illegal waste dumping

1.  Dutch environment ministry officials believe that British refuse is being systematically dumped in poor countries via the port of Rotterdam, the largest container port in Europe.

2.  The British government, which says it has recently stopped dozens of other illegal waste-filled containers heading for the Netherlands since Christmas, is investigating several companies and has told local authorities to find out where their municipal waste is being sent.

3.  Last year some unsorted household refuse was found being exported from the north-east, and large quantities of Irish rubbish disguised as waste paper also turned up in Rotterdam en route for Indonesia and Singapore.

4.  New evidence from the Netherlands suggests that 70% of the European waste shipped via there to developing countries is illegal.

5.  The illegal British waste on the dockside in Rotterdam is expected to be put on trucks and begin arriving back in Britain this week.