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81 containers of illegally exported UK waste returning from Brazil

The Environment Agency has announced that the majority of the illegally exported UK waste found at Brazilian ports is currently being shipped back.

Just over 80 containers of the UK waste began its journey back to the UK from the Brazilian ports of Rio Grande and Santos on 3 August.

A spokesperson said: The Environment Agency is working closely with the Brazilian authorities and shipping companies involved to ensure the safe return of the waste to the UK. We expect these containers to be in the UK by late August.

The EA has stated that there could be around 100 containers to ship back. Of the remaining waste, the spokesperson said: A number of containers are still in the process of being repacked by Brazilian authorities so that they can be shipped back to the UK. These containers will follow at a later date. When the containers return to the UK, the Environment Agency will carry out an investigation of their contents and then ensure the waste is safely dealt with.

Three men at three Swindon properties were arrested on 23 July concerning the illegal export of the waste. The men are currently on bail and are due to appear in court towards the end of October.
 

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