Odette Bloemen-Joosten made several broadcasts about plastic waste and trade. She is an expert on the topic of Dutch plastic waste. She has investigated the recycling industry of the domestic and industrial plastic waste. She is an investigative journalist and director and works for Pointer, the platform for investigative journalism of KRO-NCRV on tv, radio and online.  

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Odette Bloemen-Joosten
Plastic recycling and waste

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Illegal plastic waste trade avoids detection in port of Antwerp

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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.