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Repeat offender pleads guilty to exporting more hazardous waste to West Africa

A man, with previous convictions relating to illegal exports, has pleaded guilty to shipping four containers of hazardous WEEE to Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Cost and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Joe Benson pleaded guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

The judge acknowledged the seriousness of the offences and adjourned the case to 30 May for sentencing.

The prosecution is being taken by Environment Agency prosecutors following an investigation, Operation Boron, by the National Environmental Crime Team.

Benson, of Broadstrood, Loughton, Essex, has previous convictions for exporting hazardous electrical waste to Nigeria in 2009 and 2010. He and his company BJ Electronics Electronics were picking up waste from civic amenity sites, and taking them back to his site in Walthamstow before being loaded for export.

At the time it was the biggest waste exports case the Environment Agency had taken on.

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