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Nine charged over international e-scrap dumping

Archiv – United Kingdom / Nigeria | Nine people have been charged as a result of what the UK’s Environment Agency is describing as the biggest-ever investigation into illegal electrical waste exports from the UK to West Africa. All have been charged with committing offences under the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 2007 and European Waste Shipment Regulations 2006.
United Kingdom / Nigeria | Nine people have been charged as a result of what the UK’s Environment Agency is describing as the biggest-ever investigation into illegal electrical waste exports from the UK to West Africa. All have been charged with committing offences under the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 2007 and European Waste Shipment Regulations 2006.
Through a two-year investigation, officers from the Environment Agency’s National Crime Team claim to have uncovered a network of individuals, waste companies and export businesses involved in the export of electrical waste. In some instances, it is alleged by the agency that ’considerable sums’ of money have changed hands in deals to collect and recycle electrical waste, while treatment costs have been avoided. There is also said to be evidence of the waste becoming illegally dumped in Africa.
The Environment Agency comments:’Exporters of broken electricals put at risk the lives of those who work on waste sites in developing countries. These are often children who are paid a pittance to dismantle products containing hazardous waste. Illegal exporters also avoid the costs of recycling in the UK and undermine law-abiding business. It is always a crime to export broken electricals and hazardous waste from the UK to developing countries to be dumped. The last thing we want is our waste causing harm to people or the environment overseas.’

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