Recycled trash is gathering severely in ports
The government’s move of location for the Danish Maritime Authority has created months of waiting for approvals for shipping of trash out of the country by ship. This makes it more difficult and expensive to plan the transport, numerous recycling organizations points out.
"It took seven months for our latest application to go through. Right now we only have one case at the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, which has been there since January, and we still do not know when it will be processed. It is as if the applications end up in a large black hole, "says Michael Quist, Environmental Manager at Sten and Grus Prøvestenen A / S in Copenhagen's Sydhavn.
According to EU’s rules the Danish Environmental Protection Agency has three days to accept the application and then 30 days to handle the case, but because of the Danish Maritime Authority’s move of location to Odense the time for working these cases has been extended significantly.
In June 2017 the Danish Environmental Protection Agency moved their 600 employees from Strandgade to Haraldsgade in Copenhagen, but due to the governments latest plan for moving location of government jobs, the entire agency will be moved to Odense in the autumn.
In the Port of Grenaa the trash is stacking up. The port is sitting on 1.000 tons of copper, aluminum and stainless steel, which has been there for four months while waiting to be shipped of to Sweden. But the recycling company Stena Recycling is still waiting on the approval.
As of now Stena Recycling has 25 cases at the Danish Environmental Protection Agency revolving shipping of thrash wainting for approval. The avarage wait for approvals at the agency is now at 122 days.
Source: Danske Havne / Maritime Danmark