Spot checks by the Environment Agency (EA) of secondary materials being exported by lorry through the port of Harwich found that half had missing or faulty documents.
Twenty-nine trailers were inspected and 18 were found to be carrying processed waste. Of these, nine had either missing or incomplete documents.
Field intelligence officers, port officers and members of the illegal waste shipments team worked with the drivers at the dock using the EA’s Incident Command Unit, enabling them to receive emailed paperwork from waste contractors when it was found to be missing.
All the vehicles were able to continue their journeys from the Essex port. Without corrected paperwork, the movement of the waste would have been illegal.
The EA said aim of the operation was to stop and check HGVs carrying waste in a bid to identify any materials which could have been being illegally exported to Europe.