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Trucks carrying illegal waste sent back to Austria

The two trucks carrying illegal waste that were detained at the Slovak-Austrian border in Berg since May 25 returned to Austria on June 4.

Environment Ministry representatives managed to hand over all the documents required for the trucks to return to Austria, ministry spokesman Peter Višváder said.

At the EU Environment Ministers meeting that will be held in The Hague next week, the Slovak contingent plans to call for stricter rules with respect to international waste transport.

Slovak customs officers caught the trucks on May 25 near a former stone quarry in Dubnica nad Váhom. The drivers were not able to produce a license for the waste transport, claiming to have loaded the waste in Austria in order to drive it to a customer in Slovakia. The waste consisted of plastic bottles, municipal waste, transfusion bags, used syringes and rubber gloves.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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