Slovak police investigates cases of illegal waste imports from Italy and Poland

Cases of illegal waste import had occurred in three out of eight Slovak regions. “The investigation suggests that such waste will be found in other localities as well,” said police spokesman Michal Slivka. [Shutterstock/Varga Jozsef Zoltan]

Slovakia’s police are investigating five cases of illegal waste imports to Slovakia from Italy and Poland. Tons of waste had ended up in agricultural and industrial buildings and even loose on the ground, a spokesperson said. However, waste had been in some cases found loose on the ground.

Cases of illegal waste import had occurred in three out of eight Slovak regions. “The investigation suggests that such waste will be found in other localities as well,” said police spokesman Michal Slivka.

The police intend to carry out intensive checks on this matter, especially at border crossings.

Recently, the head of the environmental police, Mário Kern, and the Minister of the Environment, Ján Budaj, drew attention to illegally transported waste from abroad. They called on citizens to pay attention to trucks with foreign plates and report their suspicious movements to the police or to the Green Line of the Ministry of the Environment.

“It’s not uncommon for trucks from abroad to come to a collective farm in a small village,” Kern said, noting that police know about Slovenian, Austrian, Croatian, Italian and Hungarian garbage trucks.

According to minister Budaj, the illegal export of harmful waste to Slovakia has intensified in recent months. “If we do not pay attention to this, Slovakia will become a dump of Europe,” he said. (Lucia Yar | EURACTIV.sk)

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