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Fine for illegal WEEE shipment

An operator in Scotland has been fined for an illegal shipment of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) to Nigeria.

Henry Chukwu, director of Glasgow-based firm Favour Limited, was fined £675 at Glasgow Sheriff Court for the shipment of materials including TVs, monitors and PC desktop units in May 2014.

At the time, the Scottish Environmental Protection Association (Sepa) received notification, under the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations, that a container was being returned from Tilbury, Essex, because it was suspected of containing items of WEEE.

Once returned, the electrical appliances were determined by Sepa to be waste because they failed either the visual assessment or had incomplete or no safety testing records.

Under the regulations, it is illegal to export certain WEEE to countries where the Basle Convention does not apply.

Sepa reporting officer Matthew Pask said: “We have a responsibility to ensure waste exports are carried out legally and, as this case shows, will use all appropriate steps to ensure exporters comply with the law.

“Chukwu was given significant advice and guidance from Sepa to ensure exports from his site were compliant and this was not followed.

“Sepa is always available to provide advice and assistance, and I hope that this successful prosecution will result in all individuals and businesses involved in the export of waste from Scotland looking closely at their legal responsibilities to ensure that exports comply with the law.”

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