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Dirty Business: Illegal dumping in the Czech Republic
First broadcast December 2006

Waste illegally dumped at an old Russian military airbase near Milovice, Czech Republic. Pictures by Liz Carney.

Vast amounts of waste are exported daily from the industrialised world to developing countries - all in the name of recycling.

But much of this trade is illegal, dangerous and environmentally disastrous to the countries who receive it.

Liz Carney travels to India, Nigeria, Czech Republic and the USA to lift the lid on the multi billion dollar trade that dumps western waste on some of the world's poorest nations.

Part Three: Illegal dumping in the Czech Republic

Early in 2006 an acrid smoke filled the air in the normally pastoral village of Libceves in the Czech Republic. Children were kept indoors, and residents told to close their windows as thousands of tonnes of rubbish which had been illegally imported from Germany mysteriously caught fire.

The municipal rubbish, which included batteries and medical waste had been hidden in empty farm buildings, but when Czech authorities investigated they discovered there were many more cases beside this one.

The Czech authorities estimate that 20,000 tonnes of rubbish was brought into North Bohemia this year from Germany.

They are worried that, as costs for safe waste disposal in Europe rise; poorer nations will become the target for a thriving trade in illegal rubbish.

Liz Carney looks at the problem of rubbish illegally imported into the Czech Republic from Germany and burnt to make more room for more illegal rubbish imports.

Next in this series: Mafia and the garbage trade in the USA

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