By increasing plastic waste, the criminals learned to capitalize on that. Sending plastic waste from wealthy developed countries to Asia, criminal organizations create fraudulent schemes, increasing the volume of pollution by burning and dumping waste that actually needs to be recycled. Interpol provided interesting information about new scams around the plastic waste.
Over the past ten years, the volume of such waste has increased dramatically. Two years ago, official statistics said that nearly 360 million metric tons of waste was generated, and most of it originated in economically stable countries.
The highest percentage of waste is plastic. About 8 million tons end up in the world's oceans. Many countries introduced plastic waste recycling targets. In Europe today they have exceeded 30%. It has helped to create a lucrative recycled plastic market. Its turnover is projected to reach $ 50.4 billion by 2022.
But in the industry, unscrupulous operators appeared who work exclusively for their own profit. It is almost impossible to control the loopholes used by these operators, and Interpol believes it is urgent to identify the loopholes used by the criminals. Organized crime groups are using legitimate businesses, anti-pollution activities.
But in fact, all the activities are just cover for illegal operations. In fact, waste crimes are behind the environmental status. The head of the Interpol Advisory Committee, Calum MacDonald, believes that large-scale pollution of the planet with plastic waste is one of the most common environmental threats on the planet. Correct regulation of all processes is of key importance for maintaining environmental safety.
Today, many countries are unable to implement recycling programs because they do not know the amount of waste that has actually been recycled and the amount of waste to be recycled. Huge sums are spent on illegal programs related to the disposal of plastic, which is ultimately not recycled, but burned or buried.
And then, for the second time, the same volumes appear in documents requiring investments and financial investments for disposal and recycling. A high level of such fraudulent activities is observed in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, China.