Long since the Nigeria and the Burkina Faso landfills from Europe have become and seizures are taking place in Italian ports. The last one bears today’s date and took place in the Naples airport. Forty-two are the tons of special waste headed for Africa discovered by officials of the Customs Agency and Monopolies on duty at the Customs Office of Naples 1, together with soldiers of the II Group of the Guardia di Finanza of Naples, during various operations.

Special hazardous and non – hazardous waste was packed in four containers destined for Nigeria e Burkina Faso which, based on the accompanying documentation, should have contained, instead, personal effects and household goods. Inside they were found, hidden by cars and drums containing used clothing and in a poor state of conservation, appliances and tires out of order, bales of un-sanitized clothing and shoes, as well as 175 car batteries and accumulators for telephone repeaters undeclared and likely stolen. A booty that would have yielded over 150,000 euros. Investigators have reported
twelve people: four Italians, two Nigerians, two Ghanaians, a burkinabé and three Togolese, for ideological falsity, illicit trafficking of waste, receiving stolen goods and violations of the Environmental Consolidation Act.

Four days ago the Carabinieri del Noe of Genoa seized a company that produces photovoltaic panels, in addition to photovoltaic modules at another company that deals with waste. The preventive seizure, worth about 1 million euros, was obtained by the prosecutor Andrea Ranalli who coordinates the investigation of cross-border shipments of WEEE waste. The investigation dates back to 2019 after some checks on containers of a Vicenza-based company in the port of Genoa. Investigators have discovered an irregular management model of disused photovoltaic panels from large plants in many Italian regions. Seven suspects, all Italian entrepreneurs except a man of African origin. The group recovered the panels and declared them ‘waste’ After paying false declarations of destruction and the contextual recovery of materials useful to request the Manager for the deposit, the panels were affixed with serial numbers and certificates of functional checks and offered for sale as used electrical equipment in developing countries.

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