Storage facilities in Essex thought to have been used for the illegal export of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) have been raided by the Environment Agency (EA).
Its officers were was joined by the police, immigration enforcement staff and others to examine Greenstore, a large facility at Baldwin’s Farm, Upminster, where storage containers are rented out to individuals and companies.
The EA believed the site was being used by criminals to store WEEE and stolen goods ahead of illegal export.
It is illegal to export hazardous waste such as WEEE to non-OECD countries, and the maximum penalty is an unlimited fine and/or a prison sentence.
The officers found quantities of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) bottles, which are the property of the brand owner.
A spokesman for Calor Gas, one of the owners of the canisters, said: ”We would like to thank the EA for its vigilance and continued action in this area, which follows the successful prosecution of illegal exporters earlier this year.
”This continues to be an issue in the LPG industry and the agency’s work helps to address this ongoing problem.”
Chris Smith, EA national intelligence manager, said: “The sheer volume of material that we and our partner organisations found today and prevented from being exported illegally is a big win, but the battle isn’t over.
”Today’s action sends a strong message that we will track down those involved in illegal waste activity.”
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