Indonesian authorities are to ship back 2,000 tonnes of contamined waste which were illegally sent to the country from Britain, the Environment Agency said today.
It is believed that 90 containers exported as “scrap metal” were actually packed with liquid and mixed waste.
Under international law Indonesia may accept scrap metal for recycling — but contaminated waste cannot be imported.
The Environment Agency said it was liaising with Indonesian authorities as part of efforts to find those responsible for the contaminated shipment.
The containers are due to be released for repatriation at the end of this month.
Andy Higham, who is leading investigations for the agency, said: “We are working closely with the Indonesian authorities to establish the facts of this case.
“Illegal waste exports risk harm to human health and the environment in the country of export, it also undermines law-abiding recycling businesses back home.”
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