Biffa ordered to pay £600k for breaching waste export laws

UK waste management company Biffa has been ordered to pay £600k (€678k) for breaching waste export regulations after sending contaminated household waste to China in 2015.

In June, Biffa was found guilty of exporting seven 25-tonne containers, which were marked as ‘mixed paper’, but contained unsorted waste, including soiled nappies and food packaging. This breached regulation 23 of the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations, however the Environment Agency (EA) has announced that it will not be prosecuting the brokers involved in arranging the exports.

Biffa has announced that it will be contesting the June verdict, as it believes that the EA should issue clearer guidance regarding acceptable levels of purity for exports of mixed paper.