Czech border regions home to illegal rubbish dumps for German waste
Firemen were called to the village of Libceves in North Bohemia on Monday to put out a fire in a warehouse. Nothing so unusual in that, but the warehouse was filled with rubbish illegally imported from Germany. The Czech authorities are battling with a tide of rubbish from across the border, which is often difficult to trace.
The case is not an isolated one. On Monday residents in the North Bohemian town of Frydlant discovered piles of plastic sacks filled with rubbish in garages belonging to a former farm. Danuse Hraska, from the local branch of the Czech Environmental Inspectorate, gave Radio Prague more details.
"The consignment we discovered yesterday in Frydlant is actually part of series of consignments that arrived some time in the middle of last year. Some of the consignments were shipped across the border legally, others were shipped illegally."
As to what happens next, Danuse Hraska from the Czech Environmental Inspectorate says the Czechs want to send the rubbish back across the border.
Mrs Hraska described claims the Czech Republic was becoming a rubbish dump for richer EU countries like Germany was something of an exaggeration, but pointed out that other countries in the former eastern bloc - such as Poland - seem to be having the same problem.