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Councillor highlights role of local authorities in waste shipment regs

A UK councillor has argued European regulations should support regional and local authorities in the fight against illegal waste shipments.

Basingstoke & Deane BC councillor Paula Baker, who is a member of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), will present her draft opinions on waste shipment during the next session of the CoR’s commission on environment, energy and climate change on 5 December.

She called for waste shipment regulations amendments to allow EU member states to present national plans on monitoring waste shipments. These would take the form of co-ordinated plans prepared by regional or local authorities.

Baker will also propose that EU member states periodically publish a bulletin including details of illegal waste activities they have detected so to improve the sharing of information among countries.

The proposed measures will add to the recommendations put forward by rapporteur Bart Staes in a recent report on a tougher waste shipment regime.

Once Baker’s draft opinion is discussed in the CoR plenary session in January 2014, the assembly of regional and local representatives will lobby the European Parliament to include the proposals in the amendments to EU legislation on waste shipments, which are currently under discussion.

Barker told MRW that the issue of illegal waste shipment was important for regional authorities across Europe.

“Incidents of illegal waste shipments reported in the press undermine the effort made by local authorities to promote waste collection and recycling,” she said.

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