Waste exports from the EU to other parts of the world have risen two-thirds (+66%) since 2004, but remained stable from 2018 to 2019, the EU’s statistical authority announced on Thursday.
“In 2019, the EU exports of waste reached 31.0 million tonnes, with a value of €13.4 billion,” Eurostat said.
It noted that in contrast, imports of waste from non-EU countries have fallen in both the long and short term.
In 2019, these imports stood at 16.7 million tons in 2019, down 2% in 2018 and -6% in 2004, it added.
Also, it said: “The waste imported from non-EU