• Waste crime is 'the new narcotics', says Environment Agency chief

    Illegal waste sites look horrible, smell, generate noise and pose a constant risk of fire.

    Waste crime is the new narcotics,” said Sir James Bevan, chief executive of the Environment Agency. “It feels to me like drugs felt in the 1980s: the system hadn’t quite woken up to the enormity of what was going on and was racing to catch up.”

    A recent report from the Guardian estimates that waste crime costs England £1bn a year. A number of recent offences include …

  • ESA outlines vision for UK waste & resource management

    The Environmental Services Association (ESA) recently published a new strategy paper detailing their vision for the reform of the UK’s waste & resource management industry. ESA is the trade association for the UK’s resource and waste management sector.

    The paper entitled “Resourceful: Delivering a strong and Competitive UK Resource Economy “ is a response to a challenge from the Department of Environmental & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to present proposals for …

  • New pollution prevention for businesses guidance published

    On the 12th July 2016 DEFRA & the Environment Agency published new pollution prevention for businesses guidance pages on the .gov.uk website. The guidance focuses upon what the regulations require and what businesses and organisations should do at work to avoid pollution incidents, including the permissions needed to be able to dispose of waste.

    The information is organised into the following categories;

    Polluting substances

    Activities that produce contaminated water

    Correct use …

  • DEFRA publishes revised legal definition of waste guidance

    After feedback received from the cutting red tape review of the waste and recycling sector, the legal definition of waste guidance from the environment has been updated. The guidance located on the .gov.uk website should be used when determining whether a material is waste or not.

    Although there has been no change in the legislation the update includes a restructured simpler version of the guidance that incorporates waste prevention through waste recovery, re-use and the waste hierarchy. …

  • £1 million fine for waste offences

    A UK company Powerday Plc based in South East England has been sentenced for two waste crime offences that resulted in over 17,000 tonnes of waste materials being deposited and stored illegally. Harrow Crown Court ordered the company to pay a fine of £1 million and they agreed to cover additional costs of over £200K incurred by the Environment Agency in their investigation.

    The investigation uncovered two separate offences. The first offence relates to the storage of 14,500 tonnes …

  • Summary of EU landfill tax rates

    Although dated 2015 the following document provides an interesting insight into the landfill taxes paid by each EU Member State. The document shows the countries that have introduced a tax on waste sent to landfills and details how much they pay.

    There is a slight variation regarding the waste types covered by the landfill tax, but overall the variation is not large between countries. Landfill Tax is charged on construction and inert waste, residues, hazardous waste and biodegradable waste. …

  • Operation rogue trader

    As part of a crime prevention initiative, a co-ordinated approach by the Department of Work and Pensions, Environment Agency, HM Revenue and Customs, the DVLA, the DVSA, Border Force and Scambusters was implemented to catch rogue traders and protect innocent members of the public being victims of crime. On the 13th April 2016 over 200 road side checks of vehicles and site visits were carried out.

    The joint operation is ran by Operation Liberal, the national intelligence unit (whose remit …

  • CIWM publishes Fighting Waste Crime Guide

    As part of its campaign against waste crime the Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM) recently published a guide to fighting waste crime. Included in the document is an outline of the Duty Of Care resonsibilties for waste handlers and producers and an insight into both the criminal implications and financial penalties incurred by those who do not comply with the legislation and operate illegally.

    Incorporating knowledge and expertise from waste industry regulators and lawyers the …

  • Defra Publishes Waste and Resource Statistics 2016 edition

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published revised key statistics for 2016 from the waste and resources sector. The Digest of waste and resource statistics is a compendium of statistics on a range of waste and resource areas, based on data published mainly by Defra, WRAP, the Environment Agency, Office for National Statistics and Eurostat.

    They are collated in this Digest for ease of use. The various sets of data are not all for the same time periods but the …

  • Update on the Waste & Recycling Sector Red Tape Review

    The waste and recycling sector cutting red tape review forms part of a pledge by the Government to make a saving of £10bn during the lifetime of its parliament by reducing the cost of regulation in a bid to boost productivity and support British businesses.

    UK businesses, trade associations and industry experts were asked to give feedback on where regulation causes barriers to growth, innovation and productivity in the waste sector.

    Feedback was gathered from discussions, workshops and …