Waste management: a truely international issue

15 Sep 2017 | Sustainability

Despite a number of efforts made by the French communities regarding recycling, we must admit that we are still falling far behind some of our European neighbours.  Specifically, I’m referring to Germany, which recycles up to 64% of its waste, or Austria, which recycles 55% of it.

Recycling has increasingly become a reflex for many private citizens as a result of increased sensitization across the national population in recent years.

But what about the management of hazardous waste by waste reprocessing companier?

Exportation of hazardous waste

This is where the problem lies. Because, a large majority of our chemical waste is exported to emerging countries which, before the millenium, haven’t had the necessary tools to protect themselves against the risks that an influx of waste creates in their territories. Specifically, they’ve lacked the appropriate infrastructure for the storage of such waste, but also the tools necessary to measure the risks facing the local populations. Any chemical product could have large environmental and toxicological impacts.

A number of international agreements have been signed since the beginning of the millenium with the goal of evaluating and classifying or categorizing such risks. A truely cross-border chemical waste management exists in order to fairly share in the resolution of this international issue of hazardous waste management.

Due to the work of the OECD, the processing of hazardous waste has been delegated to international governance since 2017, for the sanitary and ecological conditions. To learn more, read the full OECD article.

Translation of regulatory files

When talking about export, we are also talking about translation. And that’s where TradOnline can help! We’ve already translated numerous customs files, including hundreds of pages of text, for waste processing companies looking to store or eliminate hazardous waste (asbestos, for example) in another country in the European Union. These files generally contain a number of documents that must be certified by a sworn translator. Our expertise in translation allows us to offer you just such a service, along with many others.

Waste management is a sector with a future, if the global population continues to grow and the economical development continues in certain countries which have been, until now, underdeveloped.

Because in the last 50 years, some countries have moved from a zero waste system, where organic waste was used to nourish the animals, to our Western economic system which produces an enormous amount of waste.

TradOnline believes that this type of demand should represent a growing portion of its activity.

If you work in the waste management industry, contact us.