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Biffa convicted of waste export violations

25 Jun 2019 − 

British waste management company Biffa has been convicted of waste export violations tied to two shipments declared as recovered paper that it tried to ship to China in 2015.

According to the Environment Agency, while marked as containing waste paper, the containers held "a totally unacceptable level of contamination with other waste".

In addition to paper, the seven 25-tonne containers reportedly held glass, sanitary items, plastics, e-scrap and metals. The mixed paper shipments were to have left Felixstowe for Shenzhen and Guangdong in May and June 2015. They were intercepted by officers from the Environment Agency.

At the end of a three-week trial, a jury at the Wood Green crown Court found Biffa guilty of two counts of breaching the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations.

Judge Simon Auerbach has deferred sentencing until 27 September, said the Environment Agency.             

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