…. ILLEGALLY in France.
Yes, it’s true!
A waste-processing company owned by Claude Dauphin - a co-founder of Trafigura - has illegally dumped approximately 100,000 tonnes of waste in three sites in France.
The story was reported in France but not, as far as I can see, in the UK. I found this story, which isn’t new, last week but I needed to confirm the story from several sources before I posted. I now have that confirmation.
More of the story is here: a Google translation is appended below.
“May 19, 2009
Scandal of industrial waste, TF1 log 20 h
In Calvados, an illegal dump was discovered. 40,000 tons of waste were buried secretly by a French leader in recycling, WDM [Calum adds “WDM” is “GDE”, the Claude Dauphin owned company]
The company WDM buried 40,000 tonnes of waste for 6 years hidden under a concrete slab on the ground of a flea market of "'an area equivalent to a football field.
These are associations that have made this discovery and took action.
Background and financial issues
The automotive sector generates RBA residues Car Crushing (not recyclable) - which must be treated as a landfill closed.
An actor in the recycling sector reflected in the report of TF1 The cost of landfill to rubble is 3.5 € / tonne against 100 € / tonne for the RBA to a licensed landfill site.
It includes fairly the financial issue to the RBA to move the rubble. The savings would be 40,000 tonnes of almost four million euros.”
Eric de Turckheim – another co-founder of Trafigura is a board member of Dauphin’s company Ecore of which GDE is a subsidiary.
The Trafigura Foundation website says this of De Turckheim:
“He is also a Board member of ECORE B.V., a European industrial recycling company which promotes a socially-responsible approach of recycling.”
Are you surprised?
I wonder if there are more stories within the Claude Dauphin empire?
Is there a pattern?
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