Man arrested in crackdown on e-waste exports
Thursday 19 February 2009
The Environment Agency’s new national environmental crime unit announced yesterday that a 46-year-old man had been arrested as part of a crackdown on the illegal export of electronic waste from Britain to the developing world.
The operation coincided with an investigation by The Independent, Sky News and Greenpeace that uncovered evidence that hundreds of thousands of items of broken “e-waste” are being sent to West Africa in contravention of rules which say it should be dismantled or recycled in Britain.
Documents seen by The Independent show that at least 10,000 tonnes of televisions and 23,000 tonnes of computers classified as hazardous waste are being illegally exported each year. It is understood the agency along with officers from the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) is investigating a number of criminal networks suspected of involvement in the e-waste export industry.
The arrest of the 46-year-old man, from West Sussex, was unrelated to The Independent’s investigation. He was released on bail until 5 May. The Environment Agency said it was increasing it efforts to intercept e-waste as it leaves Britain and had prevented 33 cargo containers of electrical goods from leaving Britain in the past six months.
Sun to experience solar activity similar to that of 'Little Ice Age' hundreds of years ago
Mammoth ivory trade: Should the prehistoric species be protected – to save the elephant?
Pope Francis calls for a new system of global government to tackle climate change
Nasa says sea levels have risen faster than thought due to climate change
Have you heard 'the hum'? Mystery of Earth's low droning noise could now be solved
- 1 Caitlyn Jenner car crash: Driver who died in collision sued by surviving passengers for $18.5m
- 3 Watch the Supermoon live: How to see the brightest Moon of the year tonight
- 4 Hulk Hogan wants to be Donald Trump's running mate in the US Presidential election
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
Stock up on canned food for stock market crash, warns former Gordon Brown adviser
Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn voters most likely to believe 'world is controlled by a secretive elite'
£18000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Executive or Senior Sal...
£40000 - £55000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This industry leading company produces h...
£20000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT provider for the educat...