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Millions of Tonnes of Online Purchases are Sent to Landfill as Brexit Red Tape Causes Chaos

Shipping and red tape costs mean that online retailers are sending returns to landfill rather than bring them back into the UK from EU customers – as an environmental disaster is created by Brexit.

“It seems that getting product returns back across the border isn’t working as it should just yet. Retailers selling to the EU are instead stockpiling, dumping or even burning product returns to save on the red tape and costs incurred in getting physical products back to their UK warehouses”, explains Charlotte Green of UK commercial recycler TradeWaste.co.uk

The amount of waste that is being created by the shipping and red tape costs is yet to be properly calculated, but it could be huge.

“The Government appears to be treating a return as an import via the couriers, even though it’s not really – now it’s costing an absolute fortune to get anything back into the UK. When it works out cheaper to dump a product than re-import it, that is when we need to be worried”, concludes Green.

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