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Site owner admits trying to export WEEE to Ghana

A waste operator who tried to illegally export WEEE to Ghana by claiming a container contained bicycles has been ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work in the community.

Emmanuel Yaw Tachie, of Mayfield Road, Wolverhampton, admitted waste shipment offences and was also ordered to pay costs of £500 and a £60 victim surcharge.

Magistrates told Tachie that they had taken into account his early plea of guilty and that he had co-operated with the investigation by the Environment Agency into contravention of Regulation 23 of the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 2007.

Tachie operated a waste treatment facility at the Bilston Industrial Estate, Wolverhampton, where he repaired and refurbished electrical and electronic equipment.

Between May 2013 and September 2013 he was warned after attempting to illegally export electrical waste to Ghana.

Despite the warning, he ordered a 40 foot shipping container in November 2013 and informed the freight company they were shipping bicycles to Ghana.The container was subsequently stopped and examined at Felixstowe.

The Waste Shipments Regulation prohibits the shipment of electronic waste to Ghana.

Readers' comments (1)

  • £560 fine and a bit of weeding in his local park is not a deterrent to him or others like him!
    This waste is killing people as effectively as Ebola in Africa and drugs in Europe. Where did the ewaste come from? Some local authorities have been fined for letting TVs go to Africa as they chase the dirty cash. we need to know.

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