When you think of crime stings, familiar images from movies and television probably come to mind: the violent bad guy brought down by brave policemen, or rings of illicit substances broken up by dedicated agents. Of course, there are other bad guys out there with stories perhaps not as ready-made for dramatic TV shows, but just as callous and dangerous. The UK is currently making its case against a group of such defendants, accused of illegally exporting waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) for disposal in Nigeria, against regulations.
The benefits of WEEE compliance far outweigh its costs, but there will always be the few, trying to save money or time by working outside the lines. By inspecting outgoing shipping containers – in scenes that actually bring to mind at least one popular television program, The Wire – UK inspectors discovered the illegal export of 158 tons of contraband refuse. Rather than safe and contained disposal, these hazardous components would have been disassembled and discarded by children and poor workers overseas, in addition to setting back the goals of the UK’s compliance program.
Etratech will keep a close eye on the developments in this case. For more WEEE and RoHS news, stay tuned to our blog!