Thursday, 08 Aug 2019 13:01 GMT

Slave labour found at print waste site

A print waste recycling firm has found itself caught up in a human trafficking court case after exploited workers were placed at its site.

Printwaste is a Cheltenham-based recycling firm which deals with cardboard, packaging, print cartridges, wood and pallet, and other domestic waste items such as vending cups and cans and glass.

After what’s been described as the UK’s largest investigation into modern day slavery, eight Polish nationals were found to be using exploited workers in a range of UK businesses.

All eight members of the human trafficking gang were convicted at Birmingham Crown Court and given jail sentences after the Crown Prosecuting Service (CPS) found that around 300 victims had been falsely trapped into slave labour with the gang making an estimated £2.46m off stolen wages.

The scale of the operation was truly staggering, with millions of pounds netted by the crime group as a result of their callous and systematic exploitation of vulnerable members of the Polish community

Materials Recycling World followed the story as it developed and quoted Mark Paul, head of the complex case work unit for CPS West Midlands, who says: “This is the largest modern slavery prosecution of its kind in the UK and perhaps Europe.

“The scale of the operation was truly staggering, with millions of pounds netted by the crime group as a result of their callous and systematic exploitation of vulnerable members of the Polish community.”

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