SOFIA – More waste

The latest annual member states’ reports for the shipments of waste regulation show a substantial increase in waste shipments to Bulgaria.

The report on waste in Bulgaria comes after Bulgarian MEP Ivo Hristov (Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats) asked the European Commission about the trade of waste for combustion purposes.

Eurostat’s interactive map shows that Bulgaria imports waste from five EU member states – Italy, the United Kingdom, Romania, Greece and Finland. Bulgaria imported 150,206 tonnes of waste in 2017, according to the latest Eurostat data.

Waste became a big issue in Bulgaria nearly a year ago, when a landfill under a bridge caught fire and destroyed the main road to Greece. Then it became clear that some thermal power plants (TPPs) had illegally been burning waste, which dangerously impacts human health and the environment.

The European Commission decided to open two ongoing infringement procedures against Bulgaria as it is concerned about the country constantly exceeding EU air quality standards, Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius said on behalf of the European Commission.

(Krassen Nikolov |

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