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Pair plead guilty to illegal waste export

Two men from Wiltshire have pleaded guilty to illegally exporting over 1,500 tonnes of waste to Brazil.

The father and son from Swindon were charged with exporting poorly sorted household waste described as ‘plastics for recycling’ in 2008 and 2009.

Julio da Costa, 51, and Juliano da Costa, 27, of Swindon, have pleaded guilty ahead of the start of a three-week jury trial at the Central Criminal Court in London next week.

The pair had previously denied being involved in the illegal export of 89 12-metre containers of prohibited waste to Santos and Rio Grande do Sul in breach of the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 2007.

Two other men, Jonathan Coombe of Romford and Simon Edwards, of Loughton, and Edwards Waste Paper, pleaded guilty last year to their parts in the export of the waste out of Felixstowe and Tilbury.

Simon Edwards is the director of Edwards Waste Paper and John Coombe worked for the company. 

The Environment Agency identified 42 of the containers which had been shipped to Brazil from the Swindon area by the da Costas, while the remainder were tracked back to Edwards’ site.

The four men and the company will be be sentenced at the Old Bailey on 5 March.

A fifth man, Andre De Oliveira, former director of Worldwide Biorecyclables, is still wanted in connection to the case. 

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