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Two businessmen from Essex have admitted illegally exporting household waste to Brazil.
Edwards Waste Paper, of Barking, pleaded guilty to transporting waste against OECD regulations.
Director Simon Edwards, 46, of Loughton, and Jonathan Coombe, 41, of Romford, admitted similar counts.
They were remanded on bail at the Old Bailey and will be sentenced at a future date.
The prosecution follows the discovery on a quayside in Brazil three years ago of 89 containers containing 15,000 tonnes of waste.
Brazilian authorities complained to Britain and said some of the waste was thought to be toxic.