Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of MRW, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Landfill waste found in containers returned from Brazil

Unsuitable waste mixed with plastic has been found in some of the waste containers that were recently repatriated from Brazil.

After forensic examination, environmental crime investigators from the Environment Agency have so far found nappies, wellington boots, torn and dirty textiles, cat food pouches and rotting cardboard in the containers. This has all been collected as evidence in the case.

Currently, 14 of the 81 containers, which were returned to the UK from Brazil, have been opened. Head of the Environment Agencys National Environment Crime Unit Andrew Higham said:

Waste in this state is clearly not suitable for recycling and should never have been exported.

This is completely unacceptable and we will not allow this type of waste to be sent to developing countries. Our examination of the contents of the containers is vital to help us to gather evidence for our ongoing enquiry into the source of this waste.

Three men from Swindon have been arrested in connection with the case.

In July this year, Brazilian authorities found 81 containers of hazardous waste that had been shipped to Brazil under the guise of being plastic for recycling. At the time it was reported that nappies, syringes, condoms and hospital waste such as bags full of blood had been found in the containers.

 

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.