I just love how Brits treat Polish people in general. (Rolls eyes) Poland is returning 1,000 tons of illegal waste shipped over from UK Poland is returning 1,000 tons of illegal waste shipped over from UK Three firms face criminal investigation after shipments were incorrectly labelled as plastic recycling, raising concerns about exports of British waste abroad Josh Gabbatiss Science Correspondent @josh_gabbatiss Tuesday 14 August 2018 16:10 58 comments Click to follow The Independent 588shares Concerns have been raised about waste exports being incorrectly labelled as plastic recycling ( Getty ) 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. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads Waste and recycling trade body the Environmental Services Association (ESA) warned firms and councils to watch out for waste crime. READ MORE UK waste sent overseas for recycling ‘may end up in landfill instead’ “If it’s correct as alleged in the press about the involvement of organised criminals then that is very serious indeed and local authorities and businesses need to be vigilant and make sure they understand their duty of care requirements,” Jakob Rindegren, recycling policy adviser for the ESA, told Unearthed, Greenpeace’s investigative journalism platform. The news comes amid concerns raised by the National Audit Office that “recycled” packaging material sent overseas could really be dumped or sent to landfill due to inadequate controls to prevent mismanagement.