Illegal waste shipment: an overview

Démantèlement de navires sur une plage du Bangladesh en 2014 © ONG Shipbreaking Platform 2014

Katie Olley
Waste Shipment Specialist, Scottish Environment Protection Agency

There have been fundamental shifts in the shipment of waste around the world over the last two decades. This article describes these, their causes, and the recent acceleration in the shift in illegal shipments to countries least able to deal with them. It also discusses enforcement gaps and how they might be addressed.