Agents of Brazil’s state environmental agency inspect containers coming from Britain containing household waste improperly labeled as recyclable plastic, in the port of Santos, São Paulo, Brazil, on July 22, 2009. MAURICIO LIMA / AFP via Getty Images
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European Union (EU) member states and lawmakers have reached an agreement to stop exports of certain types of waste, including plastics, to countries outside the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) group of mostly rich countries starting in mid-2026.
“Exports of certain non-hazardous wastes and mixtures of non-hazardous wastes… will be allowed only to those non-OECD countries that…