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Focus – Illegal waste shipments from Italy still rotting in Tunisia

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In Tunisia, containers full of Italian household waste have been languishing for months and local NGOs are pushing for authorities to send the waste back to Italy. In May and June 2020, an Italian company brought the rubbish to Tunisia from southern Italy. It was declared to customs as plastic trash which would be recycled by a Tunisian company before being re-exported. But in truth, the waste was mostly household waste, making the transaction a flagrant violation of several international treaties. Since December, 26 people, including the former environment minister, have been arrested in connection to the scandal. Our correspondents report.

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