20 charged in Finland waste dumping case

This photo is among material collected as part of Finland's National Bureau of Investigation probe of waste-disposal firm Lokapojat.  Image YLE.Finnish authorities have brought charges against 20 people over suspected illegal dumping by the waste-disposal firm Lokapojat. Leading figures at the company stand accused of environmental crimes and two counts of aggravated fraud.

Lokapojat is suspected of having dumped nearly 3,000 loads of waste in unlawful places in various parts of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area between 1999 and 2008. In addition, the firm is suspected of having misled its customers and partners.

Some of the firm’s former and current drivers are accused of assisting with the environmental crimes.

Leading figures at the company have denied any wrongdoing.

According to police, the firm’s tanker lorries illegally dumped up to 3,000 loads of waste in unauthorised locations in Eastern Uusimaa, Finland’s most populous region and home of the country’s capital city, Helsinki. That adds up to more than 30,000 tonnes of liquid waste. 

The exceptionally broad probe, which began two years ago, covers the company’s operations over the past decade.

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