‘A high stakes guessing game’: Why the recycling industry is mad about Biffa’s record fine

Two successful prosecutions by the Environment Agency (EA) against waste giant Biffa have led to a backlash from the waste industry, with calls for clearer rules on contamination levels. But is the regulator listening? Conor McGlone investigates.

by Conor McGlone
The EA has been accused of a "highly subjective" visual assessment of the contamination found in the shipping containers exported by BIffa. Photograph: Environment Agency
The EA has been accused of a "highly subjective" visual assessment of the contamination found in the shipping containers exported by BIffa. Photograph: Environment Agency

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