TUNIS, Tunisia (AFP) – Tunisia will return greater than 280 containers of waste illegally imported from Italy in 2020, the north African nation’s surroundings ministry mentioned Monday.
The containers had been introduced in by a Tunisian firm that falsely claimed that the family waste — barred from import below Tunisia legislation — was in truth plastic scrap to be recycled.
The importation had sparked widespread anger, leading to protests in Tunisia as individuals demanded that Italy take again its refuse.
The waste containers had been introduced in from the Campania area in southern Italy, and are at the moment being saved at a port within the Tunisian metropolis of Sousse.
A deal was signed on Friday between the 2 nations to return the waste to Italy, its nation of origin, the Tunisian surroundings ministry mentioned Monday.
In line with the deal, 213 containers saved on the port of Sousse will initially be returned, with the primary ship set to hold the waste to Italy on Saturday.
Consultations are ongoing over the destiny of the remaining waste containers saved in Sousse, which had been broken in a fireplace in December.
Some 26 individuals are being prosecuted over their alleged involvement in illegally importing the waste, together with former surroundings minister Mustapha Aroui, who was beforehand arrested.
The supervisor of the import agency is at massive, after the corporate signed a deal price 5 million euros to get rid of as much as 120,000 tonnes of waste.
The case shines a highlight on the worldwide commerce in waste, which has grown regardless of stricter rules geared toward stopping wealthy nations from dumping their hazardous refuse on poorer nations.
Tunisian media had reported that the Italian authorities, in early 2021, had blocked the export from Campania of one other 600 containers of waste destined to be incinerated at a cement manufacturing facility in Tunisia.
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