Illegal Waste Smuggling in China in 2013

Security agencies in China confiscated 976,500 metric tons of illegal waste materials that was in the process of being smuggled, according to the Customs Department. The amount of waste material seized in 2013 was 150 percent higher than in 2012. The illegal waste was intercepted over the course of 221 cases, a threefold increase from… Continue reading Illegal Waste Smuggling in China in 2013

‘Ndragheta Mafia Annual Revenue

According to research organization Demoskopika in Italy, the mafia syndicate ‘Ndrangheta collected $73 Billion (€53 Billion) in revenue in 2013. The various revenue streams for the syndicate is as follows: Drug Trafficking and Illegal Drug Sales: $33.3 Billion (€24.2 Billion). Illegal Waste Dumping: $27 Billion (€19.6 Billion). Extortion Payments: $3.9 Billion (€2.9 Billion). Embezzlement: $3.3… Continue reading ‘Ndragheta Mafia Annual Revenue

Trash Illegally Dumped by Italian Mafia

From 1990 to 2012, over 10 million tons of waste is believed to have been collected by Mafia groups in Italy and burned at illegal trash sites, according to environmental group Legambiente. Criminal justice programs in  Italy reported 82 investigations of the mafia and the arrest of over 900 members. 443 waste collection companies have… Continue reading Trash Illegally Dumped by Italian Mafia

Rise in Cancer Rates in Italy Blamed on Illegal Dumping by Mafia

In towns surrounding the city of Naples in Italy, the cancer rate has increased by nearly 50 percent in the past two decades. Health care agencies and security services are attributing the rise in tumors to illegal toxic waste dumping activities conducted by the Mafia. The Italian mafia won contracts to dispose of toxic waste,… Continue reading Rise in Cancer Rates in Italy Blamed on Illegal Dumping by Mafia

Illegal Waste Dumping Sites in England

In 2012, environmental officials in England shut down 1,279 illegal waste dumping sites, roughly 25 sites each week.  One in twenty of the illegal waste dumps contain asbestos in the waste, and one in five illegal dumps contained chemicals, oil or fuel. 171 people were prosecuted for waste crimes in 2012. The number of illegal… Continue reading Illegal Waste Dumping Sites in England

Toxic Waste Smuggling into Vietnam

Public health programs in Vietnam identified over 200 cases of toxic waste materials being smuggled into the country in the past several years. The waste was imported along with scrap metals that were to be used as raw materials in production factories and exported. In total, officials identified 325 tonnes of waste, 3,1500 tonnes of… Continue reading Toxic Waste Smuggling into Vietnam

Illegal Waste Dumping in Scotland

Due to an increase in landfill taxes in Scotland, organized crime groups have been providing illegal waste dumping services to companies. According to the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, a single illegal landfill can be filled with trash that causes the government to lose up to $1.3 Million (€1 Million) in tax revenue. Between… Continue reading Illegal Waste Dumping in Scotland

Illegal Sludge Dumping and Fuel Smuggling in Ireland

In the first half of 2013, environmental officials in Ireland recovered 400 tons of waste that was illegally dumped by organized crime groups in Ireland. The waste was used to create white fuel that was used by drivers, and included ingredients such as sulfuric acid, cat litter, charcoal, and sand. In 2012, officials seized 445… Continue reading Illegal Sludge Dumping and Fuel Smuggling in Ireland

Amount of E-Waste Smuggled into China Each Year

An estimated 8 million tons of e-waste is illegally smuggled and dumped in China each year. According to a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, most of the electrical and electronic waste is dumped in Guangdong Province. The waste is then recycled and sold to the manufacturing industry. The estimated value of this… Continue reading Amount of E-Waste Smuggled into China Each Year