Customs officials from 64 countries participated in Operation Demeter. (Photo credit unknown)

Customs officials from 64 countries participated in Operation Demeter. (Photo credit unknown)

BRUSSELS, Belgium, July 17, 2009 (ENS) – A joint Customs initiative across Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and Africa has netted more than 30,000 tons and 1,500 pieces of illegal hazardous waste in 57 seizures, ranging from household waste and scrap metal to discarded electronic goods and used vehicle parts.

Between March and May 2009, Customs agencies from 64 countries worked together to target the illicit cross-border shipment of hazardous and other waste en route from Europe to countries in the Asia-Pacific region and Africa.

The 50-day operation, code-named Operation Demeter, was coordinated by the World Customs Organization Secretariat. http://tinyurl.com/mxv4yv

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