These inspections are considered the core of the Shipment of Waste Enforcement Actions Project (SWEAP) project, which is co-funded by the European Commission LIFE fund and co-ordinated by IMPEL. One of the main objectives is building capacity and coordinating EU-wide inspections on shipments of waste to intensify the operational collaboration and enforcement actions between law enforcement communities.
This two day action focused on waste shipment. Main organisers amongst the German and Swiss Customs Authorities are the Federal Office for the Environment Switzerland FOEN and the Sonderabfallagentur Baden-Württemberg SAA Germany.
The joint inspections are performed at waste management sites and during waste shipments. They are coordinated Europe-wide, involve the ‘waste chain’ approach and focus on problematic waste streams and actors. Co-ordination of inspections are completed through risk assessment and analysis of trends, patterns and nominal (criminal) activity.
Inspecting officer from SAA Germany and inspecting officer from Swiss Customs working together