Tonnes of illegally imported waste returned to sender

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The State Environmental Service (VVD) in collaboration with the responsible authorities in the United Kingdom have succeeded in returning 180 tonnes of waste illegally imported to Latvia last June to the sender country, the UK, VVD said June 15.

LSM reported in June 2020 that the State Environmental Service (VVD) had caught and stopped illegal import of 549.38 tonnes of plastic and rubber waste into Latvia. The company “Why recycle” illegally imported waste from a variety of companies in the UK between May 25 and June 16, 2020.

Among the Illegally received waste was a quantity of 108.68 tonnes from the British company Cores Enviroment UK Ltd.

The VVD carried out an inspection on the “Why recycle” plastic waste recycling plant on Prohorova Street 1, in Jelgava, on the basis of information received from the competent Polish authorities on the alleged illegal cross-border waste traffic flows. It is concluded that the company had an existing Category B permit for processing municipal waste and the sorting or temporary storage of municipal waste. However, it did not have an authorization to manage the type of waste imported. Imports had allegedly taken place without obtaining consent and thus failing to comply with internationally agreed conditions for cross-border waste shipments. 

180 tonnes of waste from the company RUSE & CO LIMITED has been returned to the UK. The rest of the waste has been transferred to legal waste management authorities in Latvia, VVD said.

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