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Brazil waste back in UK

Containers of the allegedly illegally exported UK waste found in Brazil are due to return back to Britain today (21 August).

Of the 89 containers exported to Brazil, 71 have been brought back to the port of Felixstowe with the remaining containers due to return at a later date.

The Environment Agency plans to fumigate the containers, which is expected to take a week.
Once the containers have been analysed and evidence gathered the EA will ensure the waste is safely dealt with by an appointed contractor.

Head of the EAs National Environment Crime Unit Andrew Higham said: Our investigation into the alleged export of waste from the UK to Brazil will continue with the return of the containers back to the UK.

The containers will be fumigated, after which we will carry out an investigation of the contents to help us to gather evidence for our ongoing enquiry into the source of this waste.

Brazils Institute for the Environment and Renewable Resources (IBAMA) claimed that some of the containers contain clinical waste including syringes and condoms when the containers were found in July.

Wiltshire Police arrested three men from Swindon in connection with the enquiry earlier this month with help from the EAs National Environment Crime Unit.

The shipping lines originally contracted to transport the waste from the UK to Brazil agreed to return the waste to the UK at their own expense.

The Environment Agency plans to fumigate the containers, which is expected to take a week. Once the containers have been analysed and evidence gathered the EA will ensure the waste is safely dealt with by an appointed contractor.
Head of the EAs National Environment Crime Unit Andrew Higham said: Our investigation into the alleged export of waste from the UK to Brazil will continue with the return of the containers back to the UK.
The containers will be fumigated, after which we will carry out an investigation of the contents to help us to gather evidence for our ongoing enquiry into the source of this waste.
Brazils Institute for the Environment and Renewable Resources (IBAMA) claimed that some of the containers contain clinical waste including syringes and condoms when the containers were found in July.
Wiltshire Police arrested three men from Swindon in connection with the enquiry earlier this month with help from the EAs National Environment Crime Unit.
The shipping lines originally contracted to transport the waste from the UK to Brazil agreed to return the waste to the UK at their own expense.

 

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