'Criminal syndicates dispose of waste in developing countries'

According to the Department of Environmental Affairs Green Scorpions, there is a syndicate behind the illegal dumping plastic waste containers from European countries to South Africa.

How did unlawful waste end up in the country's disposable sites?

Read: New waste rules to come into effect in JHB - here's what you need to know

To discuss this syndicate, Bongani Bingwa speaks to the Department of Environmental Affairs deputy director-general Ishaam Abader.

The problem is not that serious at the moment, but overall there has been a lot of illegal imports of waste particularly in West Africa, North Africa and a little bit to the East as well.

Ishaam Abader, Deputy director-general - Department of Environmental Affairs

In South Africa, we have had one or two instances of this, but it is becoming an increasing problem worldwide.

Ishaam Abader, Deputy director-general - Department of Environmental Affairs

He says it is easier to dispose of waste via illegal means and methods as opposed to treating the more expensive waste.

You find a lot of criminal syndicates that take the waste and agree to dispose of it in developing countries where control is slightly less.

Ishaam Abader, Deputy director-general - Department of Environmental Affairs

Listen below to the full interview:


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