Laura Hoogenraad is an expert in the Dutch plastic recycling industry. She has investigated international waste policies, Dutch customs and inspections on plastic waste. She works as a freelancer for several Dutch media.
Illegal plastic waste trade avoids detection in port of Antwerp
ANTWERP/ROTTERDAM - Heavily contaminated plastic waste from the Netherlands and the rest of Europe can be illegally exported via the port of Antwerp, unnoticed by inspectors, to countries where it ends up being dumped. Antwerp is an important hub for the international trade in plastic waste. But compared to the port of Rotterdam for example, it has too few inspectors and resources, which opens the door to criminal trade in plastic.