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Biffa enters not guilty pleas

Biffa has pleaded not guilty to four charges of illegally exporting household waste to India and Indonesia, the Environment Agency (EA) has said.

The company entered the pleas last week at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court concerning exports made between October 2018 and February 2019.

The EA said the next hearing will be at Wood Green Crown Court on 27 September, when Biffa is due to be sentenced following its conviction in June for exporting similar waste to China in June 2015, a conviction it has since applied to take to appeal.

The company was convicted of attempting to export waste paper to China with a “totally unacceptable level of contamination” and ordered to pay £9,912 under proceeds of crime law, a separate process from sentencing,

A Biffa statement said: ”We will strongly contest this case and believe the prosecution’s statement contains factual inaccuracies.

”The EA has previously visited the facilities in question, when identical recycled paper was produced for export, without complaint. We have also made an application for leave to appeal the court judgement of 20 June 2019 regarding recycled paper exports to China.

”Biffa maintains that the EA needs to issue clear guidance to the industry as to what are the acceptable levels of purity for UK exported mixed paper. We are encouraged by the support we have received from across the industry for our position on this matter.”


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