Biffa convicted of breaching waste export law

UK waste management company Biffa has been convicted of breaching waste export regulations for attempting to send heavily contaminated waste to China.

The prosecution was brought by the Environment Agency (EA), which accused Biffa of having attempted to export seven 25-tonne shipping containers in 2015 marked as ‘mixed paper’ to China when they in fact contained high levels of contaminated material, including nappies and food waste packaging.

Biffa was found guilty of breaching the 2007 Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations. Sentencing has been deferred until 27 September.