March 2014

ESA Education Trust Launches Eunomia Report on Waste Crime

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A launch event is being held at the Houses of Parliament today for a Eunomia report on tackling the problem of waste crime. The report, commissioned by the Environmental Services Association Education Trust, assesses the economic impact of waste crime to exceed £500m and puts forward recommendations for a joint approach to tackling it. These include:

  • Increase and protect enforcement budgets to provide a minimum of:
    • £25m for the Environment Agency; and
    • £10m for HMRC and other relevant departments and agencies;
  • Support the implementation of the Sentencing Council’s new guidance
  • Tackle tax evasion by introducing a testing system to check waste is correctly classified and charged at the right rate of tax;
  • require waste operators to make provision for the legal disposal of waste they receive in case of business failure, or of clean-up in case of fire.

ESA Head of Regulation Sam Corp said:

“Whilst there is perhaps already an awareness of the environmental harm caused by waste criminals, what this report clearly demonstrates are the compelling economic reasons for dedicating more resources to the crackdown on waste crime: a 460% return on investment to UK PLC for every £1 spent on waste crime enforcement is surely a message that cannot be ignored.”