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(DF) 54 Containers With Italian Waste Will Be Re-exported By Sea

February 15 (BTA) Loading started on Saturday evening of 54 containers with Italian waste which will be re-exported by sea, Environment and Water Minister Emil Dimitrov said in Varna, on the Black Sea. The containers are part of a total of 127 containers of waste from Italy found at the Port of Varna-West which have been subject to pre-trial proceedings since mid-January. The containers had arrived in early October 2019, and waste they carried was visibly different from what was declared in the import documents. The shipment was left at the port for 90-day temporary storage. Media reports about suspicious waste deliveries from Italy have been snowballing in recent weeks. They were triggered by the interception by Italian Carabinieri on December 11, 2019 of an 815-tonne undocumented waste shipment near Milan and presumably destined for unlawful destruction or landfilling in Bulgaria. The lack of information in some cases and the odd circumstances about the way waste is stored, paired with endemic air pollution, have given rise of widespread suspicions that waste, possibly hazardous, is being incinerated in Bulgaria in violation of the rules //