The Environment Agency (EA) is cracking down on illegal electronic waste exportation, with the national environmental crime team manager confirming such incidents undermine legitimate recycling companies in the UK.
Andy Higham made this observation after 11 people were committed to stand trial in Basildon Crown Court later this year as part of the EA's biggest-ever investigation into illegal transportation of e-waste, which could include old mobile phones.
"The law is clear," Mr Higham observed. "It is a crime to export hazardous electrical waste from the UK to developing countries."
He went on to note that this also avoids the costs of law-abiding recycling and by committing this case to the courts, the district judge holds the same view as the EA – that "this is a serious and complex case" which must be heard before a jury.
It comes after MEPs endorsed mobile phone recycling, with member states to be required to collect 85 per cent of all e-waste produced from 2016.
Posted by Samantha Green