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Brazil container row man ordered to pay 730,000

Waste sent to Brazil from Swindon
Brazil said the waste breached international conventions

The owner of a Swindon-based company which sent "toxic" waste to Brazil has been ordered to pay a shipping firm more than £730,000 in compensation.

Containers sent by Worldwide Biorecyclables were rejected by the South American country's government.

Shipping firm MSC was fined for transporting the rubbish but has won a High Court order to get the money from Worldwide Biorecyclables' former owner.

Julio da Costa, 49, has said he intends to appeal against the ruling.

Mr da Costa, a Swindon-based Brazilian expatriate, told the BBC that he was not given sufficient warning of MSC's case against him and had no time to prepare a defence.

He said that Worldwide Biorecyclables, which was based in South Marston and employed eight people, no longer existed as a business.

"Today, I deliver pizzas and earn £900 a month," he told a Portuguese-language news agency.

Cargo inspected

The containers row sparked an international incident in July 2009 after Brazil accused the UK of dumping unwanted contaminated waste on its shores.

The Brazilian government said that the 91 containers shipped by MSC did not contain recyclable plastics but instead held used nappies, syringes, condoms and other contaminated waste.

Ipswich-based MSC was forced to return the containers to the UK.

The shipping firm did not want to comment on the proceedings.

The cargo was described as "toxic" by the Brazilian authorities but the Environment Agency, which has inspected the returned containers, said it was not.

The agency said it was still considering its next course of action.

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