Guardia Civil in the Valencian region have carried out a number of raids on businesses who are beleived to have fraudulently disposed of waste.
14 people were detained in raids carried out on 3 commerical operations who are believed to have failed to comply with the legal processes for the handling of hazardous rubbish, in doing so they posed a serious risk to the local and regional environment.
Investigations have also uncovered the illegal shipment of untreated toxic materials to southeast Asia – which were labeled as processed and safe.
Officers also discovered dangerous handling of asbestos, oil based products and other highly noxious materials which were labeled with incorrect waste codes.
Over 115,000 tonnes of waste was undeclared during a 4 year period. Those detained are due to appear in court in the coming days.
Photos: Guardia Civil