According to an article in the UK-based MRW magazine, the UK’s Environmental Agency (EA) has charged nine people with illegal electronics waste exports. Western governments have long been concerned about e-waste getting shipped to developing countries where parts are scavenged for counterfeit resale and chemicals are extracted from e-waste with acid. The process is dangerous to those scavenging and it often involves child labor.
Officers from the EA’s National Crime Team began investigations in mid-2008, uncovering a network of people, waste companies and export businesses allegedly involved in the export of waste. In some cases it is claimed considerable sums of money were involved to collect and recycle WEEE while treatment costs were avoided.
The nine people have been charged with offences under the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 2007 and European Waste Shipment Regulations 2006. They have been bailed to attend Havering magistrates court on November 11.