February 1, 2011

British Court to Hear Electronic Waste Case

Filed under: Europe, seaports — Tags: — inece @ 9:53 pm

Eleven defendants will stand trial in what is the biggest investigation ever into the illegal export of electrical waste from the UK to developing countries, the Environmental Data Interactive Exchange reports.

Another online publication, letsrecycle.com, reported that:

Environment Agency’s counsel also provided more detail on its allegations, explaining that they relate to 11 containers of hazardous WEEE being exported to Nigeria, containing a total of 158 tonnes of material.He added that the majority of the material in question was CRT TVs, but fridges and some smaller material such as irons and kettles were also present in the containers.

The Agency has said with reference to the case: “The law is clear that broken electricals, including everyday items such as mobiles, smart phones, laptops and TVs, cannot be sent overseas for disposal. As well as precious metals such as gold, copper and aluminium, electrical waste can contain hazardous substances including mercury and lead that are harmful to people and the environment.”

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