The IRS seized about 20 tons of garbage sent from Spain that were in a container at the port of Itajai (97 km - 60 miles - from Florianopolis).
The load contains dirty sheets, towels, rugs, shirts and uniforms. On some pieces, there is the logo of a Spanish hospital. Others have names of hotels.
The load came from Valencia and was registered with customs of the IRS in late April. The goods were declared as "other woven cotton cloth."
"We saw that they were not fabrics, but finished products, all clearly already used and discarded in Spain," says Carlos Mergen, head of the office of IBAMA (Brazilian Institute of Environment) in Itajai.
"You could see, only by the condition of the product, that it had to have another destination. It was dirty, torn and smelly," he says.