Friday, 21 August 2009

Containers of toxic waste returned to Britain

Press Association
The Guardian, Friday 21 August 2009
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Containers of toxic waste alleged to have been illegally exported from the UK to Brazil are due to arrive back at a British port today. As an Environment Agency investigation continues into the alleged illegal shipment, 71 of a total of 89 containers are due to arrive at Felixstowe on board a cargo ship, with the remainder returning at a later date. Brazil has alleged some of them contain clinical waste, including syringes and condoms. Earlier this month three men were arrested in connection with an illegal shipment of waste to Brazil. It is illegal to export waste for disposal but it can be sent abroad for recycling.