Brigham Young University Prelaw Review


Robert Mckay


German garbage industry, garbage industry, recycling


The German garbage industry is becoming more lucrative and illegal. With the new "green dot" program recycling program and sizable tolls for using state owned dumps, many firms are using other alternatives to dispose of their waste. Sadly, some companies are turning to black market garbage brokers that ship the sometimes toxic, but always harmful waste out of the country. From Venezuela to Singapore (Der Spiegel 1992, 48), everything from old carcinogenic chemical pesticides to traces of German yoghurt containers have been found laying around the country side in small village dumps. Since 1988 the German government has been investigating ways to stop the refuse transport that violates the UN Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), but as of now, only lip service has been given to the problem and no real solutions have been implemented.

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