Monday, August 01, 2011

Rogue Traders

'Scavenger children' on a rubbish dump in Lagos search through waste to find salvageable items. The children risk long term health problems due to breathing in toxins – via Greenpeace/Kristian Buus

We are informed that leaflets are being delivered to addresses in Hainault advertising Walthamstow firm B J Electronics Ltd.

Here’s what you need to know:

From the Independent February 2009

A large television set, with the base cut away to render it beyond repair, was left at a Hampshire County Council civic amenity site in Basingstoke by investigators in October last year. Under the Basel Convention, which regulates WEEE, it should have been disposed of by a specialist recycler, but the set was bought along with other electronic items by BJ Electronics (UK) Ltd, a removals and recycling company based in Walthamstow, east London. Documents obtained by The Independent show that BJ Electronics pays waste sites for every item it receives, from £1 for a computer monitor and £3 for a large television, to £5 for a stereo with a CD player.

It is one of about 200 companies and individuals who tour municipal waste sites in Britain buying equipment.

A satellite tracking device inside the television showed it was taken to BJ Electronics’ warehouse before being sold on to another company, who loaded it on to a cargo container bound for Tilbury Docks in Essex. BJ Electronics has a testing bench inside its warehouse and insists it tests all items before selling them to an exporter. It has not explained why it did not detect that the television was not functioning, but insists it always follows the relevant regulations and that it only exports working electronic devices.
The economics of the illegal export trade are straightforward. A senior waste industry source told The Independent: “A whole consignment can be bought for a pittance from a civic amenity site, most of which will be working and a proportion of which will not. The system is supposed to filter out the hazardous e-waste and allow a legitimate second hand export trade. But what is happening is it is all being lumped together and sent abroad, where the working items can be sold for £20 and the broken stuff just thrown away to cause pollution.”
The Environment Agency report dated 28th January 2011.

Havering Magistrates Court heard 11 out of 15 defendants face charges of related to shipping prohibited waste under the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 2007 and European Waste Shipment Regulations 2006.
The eleven committed are Joseph Benson & BJ Electronics Limited, Terence Dugbo, Nnamdi Ezechukwu and Reliance Export Limited, Godwin Ezeemo and Orient Export Limited, Prince Ibeh, Stuart McGuigan, Emmanuel Makete and Adrian Thompson. They will appear at Basildon Crown Court on 11th March.
eWeek report that the case was heard on 11th April 2011 with B J Electronics entering “no plea”.

Recycling for Cash report that the 14 defendants will be back in court on 17th October 2011.

Make of all that as you will……….


  1. I didn't think a BJ had anything to do with electronics......

  2. You've never heard of a Break Junction?
    Or for that matter a Butt Joint - historically associated with Woodwork but these days with Optical Fibre cables.

  3. Wot a mistake-ah to make-ah!

  4. is this company still trading? ihave arranged a pickup for tomorrow of a computer. Just been looking for their website but its down, then saw this article. Im shocked! their leaflets were distrubuted in my area recently

  5. If you are a Redbridge resident, and have transport, you can dispose of old computers TVs and any other waste electrical items for free at the Chigwell RRC. Click for details.

  6. But will "one of (the) about 200 companies and individuals who tour municipal waste sites in Britain buying equipment" be visiting Chigwell RRC ...?

    There is little point exporting TV and similar products anyway. Although some sets are multi-standard, a great many are not. There are very few countries using PAL System I transmissions that we use in the UK and, of those that do, most use the VHF bands that UK receivers don't cover so, even if the set is in perfect working order, it will be completely useless!

    Taking the picture above as a cue, Nigeria, for example, uses PAL/B (VHF) and PAL/G (UHF) ...