Biffa contests waste export charges

UK waste management company Biffa has announced that it will be appealing the court’s decision that it had been in breach of waste export regulations after attempting to export contaminated waste to China.

The prosecution had been brought forward by the Environment Agency (EA), which accused Biffa of exporting highly contaminated material in seven 25-tonne shipping containers marked as ‘mixed paper’. The EA had allegedly searched the shipping containers and found unsorted household waste materials, including plastic bags and nappies. The EA also accused Biffa of illegally exporting waste to India and Indonesia.

The hearing for the alleged exporting of waste to India and Indonesia will be held on 27 September, along with Biffa’s appeal hearing relating to the exports to China.