May 2017

Rethinking Waste Crime

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Posted in | | | by Mike Brown, Sam Taylor, Peter Jones, Joe Hudson, Harriet Parke, Ayesha Bapasola, Alex Henry

This new report commissioned by the Environmental Services Association Educational Trust (ESAET) and the Environmental Services Association shows that waste crime in England incurs losses to the legitimate waste industry and the taxpayer of £604 million a year.

Rethinking Waste Crime was supported by the ‘Right Waste Right Place’ campaign and was launched in the House of Commons by Jim Fitzpatrick MP, Member of Parliament for Poplar and Limehouse, Jacob Hayler Executive Director at the Environmental Services Association, and Mike Brown Managing Director at Eunomia on Tuesday 2nd May 2017.

The report highlights that illegal waste operators blight local communities, damage the environment, harm legitimate businesses and deprive the government of tax revenue. The authors stress that weak regulation is a major cause of waste crime. Suggesting there is no simple fix, Rethinking Waste Crime recommends a package of changes that will modernise England’s out of date waste management system.  They are grouped into four areas:

  • Modernising the regulatory regime;
  • Improving enforcement efforts;
  • Developing secure sources of enforcement funding;
  • Improving cross-regulatory co-operation and raising awareness.

Eunomia completed a similar report Waste Crime: Britain’s Dirty Secret in 2014 that assessed the economic impact of waste crime on the UK as a whole.

This report is available free of charge. Press the orange button and supply a few details about yourself in order to access the download.

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