WASTE giant Biffa has been convicted of illegally sending household rubbish to China among shipments of paper to be recycled.
Officials at Felixstowe Port in Suffolk (pictured) checked seven 25-ton containers and found they contained items including soiled nappies, shoes, condoms, laminate flooring and women’s underwear.
The Environment Agency said the waste gave off a pungent ‘vomit-like’ smell and said it was likely to have been dumped in China at great risk to people living there.
Investigator Sarah Mills said: ‘Our officers found anything and everything in Biffa’s containers. They were marked as waste paper, but contained a totally unacceptable level of contamination with other waste.’
But Biffa disputed the claims yesterday and blamed the agency for failing to provide ‘clear guidance’ on the levels of acceptable contamination of paper waste to be recycled. ‘We are considering our position and grounds for appeal,’ the firm said.
It was convicted of two breaches of the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations, in May and June 2015, after a three-week trial at Wood Green crown court. Sentencing was deferred until September 27.