Labour Member of the European Parliament Cyrus Engerer has been negotiating the revision of an EU Waste Shipment Regulation, proposing a complete ban on the exportation of plastic waste outside of the EU.
Engerer revealed that, despite the initial resistance, the proposal has been met very positively by the majority of political groups.
By means of the MEP’s work, the EP now has an agreement to phase out plastic waste exports outside of the EU – a revolutionary step as it will put a halt to the negative effects caused by dumping practices.
Many, if not most, are in favour of banning plastic waste exports, with members of the EP expressing their support for the work done on the revision during this month’s Plenary session.
Cyrus Engerer expressed, during his Plenary session address, his disappointment at the EU waste policy and the way it sought to close an eye to the unacceptable reality affecting so many vulnerable communities outside the European continent.
“We live in one world and exporting pollution to third countries will have a global impact. We cannot remain idle in the face of what our actions are meaning to the health and human rights of people living in developing countries” said Engerer.