Several groups dedicated to the illegal export of hazardous waste to third countries dismantled
The waste was sent to countries where conditions allowed higher income, at the cost of causing serious damage to the ecosystem
11 people have been arrested / investigated for their involvement in the illegal traffic of hazardous waste
It is estimated that this illegal business moves up to 17,000 million euros annually
The Civil Guard and the General Sub-Directorate of Circular Economy of MITERD, within the framework of the DENAY operation, has dismantled several groups dedicated to the illegal exploitation of hazardous waste in third countries proceeding to arrest / investigate 11 people, and neutralize several hazardous waste streams to countries with developing economies.
This operation, developed in the provinces of Álava, Vizcaya, Salamanca, Valencia and Madrid, has focused the objective on several companies that systematically collected and sent hazardous waste to countries where the treatment, either due to the lack of measures environmental protection, or cheap labor, generated many more benefits. It is estimated that this illegal business moves up to 17,000 million euros annually.