Biffa back in court over alleged China dumping

One of the UK’s largest waste firms is back in court facing allegations of illegally exporting approximately 175 tonnes of household waste to China.

The Environment Agency (EA) alleges Biffa broke European law in 2015, when the company tried to ship seven containers of mixed household waste from its premises at Edmonton in north London to China via Felixstowe.

The trial initially started in October last year at Wood Green crown court but after three days Biffa objected to the charges, claiming that the waste in question was not household waste.

This led to a period of legal argument, during which the media was not allowed to report on proceedings under section 37 of the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996.

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