International shipments of waste are subject to controls at national, EU and international level. The purpose of the controls is to enable States to reject unwanted shipments of waste, eg where they lack the capacity to treat the waste in a safe and environmentally sound manner. At the same time, the regime facilitates the legitimate trade in waste for recovery.

This regime is administered and enforced by the environmental regulators, ie the Environment Agency, SEPA and Natural Resources Wales.

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