Those soft-hearted, multi-nationals in the European Union once again tried to do something that was supposed to be good for the planet and future generations. They seem to have this groundless belief in the perfectability of mankind. How can they, of all peoples, belief in human betterment with their own tragic and disastrous political past?
The Europeans are actually trying to stop using the poorer parts of the world as their garbage dumps. So laws were enacted. To keep the old sinks and furniture and TV sets in Europe where they can be recycled and dismantled and not become polluting landfill in some nation without any regard for ground water and soil pollution. So what's happening? The port of Rotterdam has become a major center of illegal trash smuggling...out of Europe to avoid the tax on waste that is supposed to pay for its proper handling after discard. So while the EU is trying to side with mother nature, human nature continues to find a profit wherever there is a law to be violated and money collected. EU's got their war on trash, we have our war on drugs. Sound familiar?
Here in America we're still being clever like a cat with our waste. Dig a hole, bury your s#@* and then cover it up again. Leave the real disposal to future generations. Thus do cats spread their toxoplasmosis and thus do we Yanks spread our toxics.