More legal rulings on shipments of illegal waste in 2013
Significantly more court decisions taken on exports of waste to Africa and Eastern Europe
The number of people who were fined for illegal shipments of waste increased in 2013, according to an evaluation by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) of the court judgements. Exports consisted mainly of used cars, spare parts and used electrical and electronic equipment which was on its way to Africa. Exports to the eastern countries of the EU and shipments between Germany and Netherlands also proved to be illegal in many cases. There was a total of 43 sentencings, compared to only roughly ten in previous years. The reason for this increase is most likely a result of the tightening of waste shipment law in 2012. Section 326 Para 2 of the Penal Code now applies to all types of waste and not only that which is classified as dangerous.