What does Biffa’s China dumping conviction mean for the waste sector?

The waste sector is reeling from the conviction of one of the industry's largest companies for illegally sending waste abroad. It has led to questions over which other firms the EA has in its sights and whether or not export laws are clear enough. Conor McGlone reports

Legal experts are describing Biffa’s conviction for illegally exporting approximately 175 tonnes of household waste to China as a landmark case, which could have wider implications for the waste industry. 

It is a legal drama that is likely to rumble on for some time, with sentencing postponed while the Environment Agency’s (EA) prosecution team pursues another case against the waste giant, again involving a contravention of the 2007 Transfrontier Shipment Regulations. This time the charges relate to the export of 40 containers of waste to India and Indonesia at the end of 2018.

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