Fourteen defendants will face court accused of breaking WEEE rules over the export of electrical waste, according to an article in eWeek Europe.
The largest investigation by the UK’s Environment Agency, 14 defendants have been brought to court for illegally exporting WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) from the UK to developing countries.
The defendants, a mixture of companies and private individuals appeared at Basildon Crown Court on April 8. Four pleaded not guilty, while the others did not enter a plea as they are said to be pending legal arguments.
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