As a result of the Environment Agencies investigations into the illegal export of WEEE, December 2012 saw the further sentencing of defendants following the largest UK illegal WEEE export case. At the time, thought to not have sufficient funds to meet the financial penalties a further defendant has now been sentenced and ordered to pay fines in excess of £90,000. The investigation code name ‘Operation Boron’ which began in 2008, focused on the illegal export of over 158 tonnes of material. The investigation revealed that the defendants were illegally transporting WEEE, including televisions, fridges and computers, to Nigeria, Ghana and Pakistan while claiming to be reusing or recycling the waste legally. The case led to at least 11 prosecutions with fines totalling more than £310,000. The Environment Agency confirms that the illegal export of WEEE remains a key area of focus.