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Hazardous WEEE exporters ordered to pay fines

Eight men and three companies have been ordered to pay over £220,000 for attempting to export broken electronics from the UK.

Hazardous televisions, fridges  and old computers, were among the 450 tonnes of electronics illegally exported to Nigeria, Ghana and Pakistan.

The sentencing of three men at Basildon Crown Court this week is the second part of the most complex legal action ever taken by the Environment Agency. The three defendants were yesterday ordered to pay a total of £142,145 in fines, costs and confiscations.

The prosecution had to be split in two with 15 defendants in total, 11 men and four companies. Five men and three companies were convicted after a six-week trial in November 2011. They were ordered to pay a total of £78,000.

Andy Higham, National Environmental Crime Team Manager said: “This is the biggest waste exports case the Environment Agency has taken and confirms the legal position on exporting electronic waste to developing countries.”

“Sending hazardous waste to developing countries is unacceptable. Our Environmental Crime Teams will continue to track down and stop those who risk damaging people’s health and the environment.”

All defendants faced charges of shipping hazardous waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), for recovery to Nigeria, Ghana and Pakistan in breach of the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 2007 and the European Waste Shipment Regulation 2006.


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