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200 tons of rubbish from the UK dumped in Elbląg Poland will be shipped back at cost of taxpayer

More than 200 tons of British rubbish is on its way back to the UK at taxpayers’ expense after being found dumped in Polish warehouse

  • Mountain of rubbish was found in village of Bogaczewo, Poland, in 2018 
  • Police in Elbląg have already shipped 70 of 220 tonnes back to the UK 
  • Mountain of waste includes Pedigree dog food, Kenko coffee and crisp packets 

More than 200 tons of rubbish from the UK has been found dumped in a Polish warehouse, with the taxpayer forced to pick up the bill for shipping it back.  

Shocking photos show mountains of waste dumped in the Polish village of Bogaczewo, including Pedigree dog food, Kenco coffee packets and crisp packets sold in the UK.

Locals sources claim the rubbish came from recycling bins in England so has demanded the UK Government pay for it to be returned to Britain.

The Environment Agency confirmed it was working with Polish authorities to investigate how it got there.

At least 220 tonnes were discovered in the warehouse in 2018 – 70 of which is already on the way back to the UK.

Shocking photos show mountains of rubbish found dumped in the Polish village of Bogaczewo, including Pedigree dog food, Kenco coffee packets and crisp packets sold in the UK

The rubbish - including cardboard, drinks packets, aluminium foil, fragments of drink caps and paper - was found in a warehouse in Bogaczewo, Poland, in spring 2018

The rubbish – including cardboard, drinks packets, aluminium foil, fragments of drink caps and paper – was found in a warehouse in Bogaczewo, Poland, in spring 2018

A packet of Tasty Bites Pedigree dog food is pictured among the mountain of UK rubbish in Poland

A packet of Tasty Bites Pedigree dog food is pictured among the mountain of UK rubbish in Poland

A spokesman for police in Elbląg, Poland, said: ‘The investigation to determine the exact origin and purpose is still ongoing.

‘The case is an investigation and is conducted under the supervision of the District Prosecutor’s Office in Elbląg, in cooperation with the customs and environmental services from Poland and Great Britain.

‘Part of the illegal waste from Great Britain is already on the way back.

‘The case dates back to spring 2018, when police from Elbląg received information that illegally stored rubbish is likely in Bogaczew near Podlasie.

‘The department fighting economic crime took care of it. 150 tons of stored waste was found on site. They were mixed and pressed commercial rubbish.’

The rubbish – including cardboard, drinks packets, aluminium foil, fragments of drink caps and paper – was found in a warehouse in Bogaczewo, Poland, in spring 2018.

At least 220 tonnes were discovered in the warehouse in 2018 - 70 of which is already on the way back to the UK

At least 220 tonnes were discovered in the warehouse in 2018 – 70 of which is already on the way back to the UK

Polish authorities claim early investigations suggest it is from the UK, and around 150 tonnes of waste is awaiting transportation back

Polish authorities claim early investigations suggest it is from the UK, and around 150 tonnes of waste is awaiting transportation back

Further surveillance also led to the detention of a truck from the UK in Bogaczewo, also carrying waste from the UK.

The City Police of Elbląg have said since the discovery of the waste, customs officers intercepted a further two containers with similar contents at the port of Gdynia.

Polish authorities claim early investigations suggest it is from the UK, and around 150 tonnes of waste is awaiting transportation back.

A local source said: ‘During the investigation, police found that the illegal rubbish came from England – officially as a rubbish from recycling.

‘The cost of the transport will be paid by the United Kingdom.’

An Environment Agency spokesperson said: ‘The illegal export of waste is a crime and we will not hesitate to take action against those responsible with offenders facing either a two-year jail term and an unlimited fine.

‘We are working with the Polish authorities to investigate the circumstances around these particular exports and will take appropriate action to hold those responsible for the exports to account, should there be any evidence of wrong-doing, and ensure any illegally exported waste is repatriated to the UK.’

Pictured: More than 200 tons of illegal waste from the UK in a warehouse in Bogaczewo

Pictured: More than 200 tons of illegal waste from the UK in a warehouse in Bogaczewo

 

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