Rainham company fined £18,500 for attempting to ship hazardous waste to Ghana
PUBLISHED: 15:04 21 January 2015 | UPDATED: 15:04 21 January 2015
The director of a Rainham based company who attempted to ship hazardous waste to Ghana was spared prison on Monday.
Moses Appiah, director of Appiahdeep Company Ltd, was sentenced to 40 weeks in prison suspended for 18 months at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to 11 offences of transporting hazardous waste.
Appiah, 57, of Pembury Close, Clapton, was also ordered to pay £1,000 in costs, disqualified from acting as a company director for five years and had a curfew imposed upon him between 8pm and 6am for six months.
His company, Appiahdeep Company Ltd, also pleaded guilty to 11 identical offences, was fined £18,500 and ordered to pay costs of £1,000.
The Environment Agency foiled the attempts to ship waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), including fridge freezers and unpackaged cathode ray tube televisions, prior to their export to Ghana.
Containers were loaded at the Appiahdeep Company Ltd’s premises in Dovers Corner Industrial Park, New Road, Rainham.
Sending WEEE with hazardous components to less economically developed countries is illegal as these countries lack the facilities to ensure that the items are treated without risk to human health or the environment.
Kim Egbokhan, Senior Environmental Crime Officer at the Environment Agency said: “We put a lot of resource into educating operators in the Rainham area about the dangers of illegal transport of waste and so it is immensely frustrating when we have to prosecute people and companies for this crime.
“We will, however, continue to do this for however long it takes, in order to bring these companies into compliance with the law.
“This week’s prosecution, along with our regular action days in the area, should act as a strong deterrent and send a clear message to would-be offenders of the stern penalties that waste crime can lead to.”
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