An enormous shipment of waste that was illegally shipped to Poland from the UK disguised as plastic is being sent back to where it came from.

The UK Environment Agency (EA) has confirmed they are working with Polish authorities to return the 1,000 tons of boxes, tins, detergent packaging and engine oil to British shores.

A criminal investigation has been launched into three firms after the illegal waste marked as plastic recycling was intercepted at the Polish port of Gdynia.

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