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Waste management landscape

The global waste market sector from collection to recycling is estimated at USD 410 billion a year (UNEP 2011), excluding a very large informal segment. As in any large economic sector, there are opportunities for illegal earnings at different stages of legal operations, with both monetary and ethical implications. The exploiters of these opportunities range from organized transnational crime to small groups or individuals (Europol 2015, 2013). Illegal and illicit trade of waste takes advantage of weak spots, such as the low overall possibility of controlling the trade, the price of waste treatment, and the complexity of waste-related legislation.

Related Subject(s): Environment and Climate Change
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