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.