Combatting Waste Crime on a Global Scale

20th October 2017

Head of our London office Sam Taylor has been invited to speak at an event which explores whether satellite technology can be used to combat waste crime, before he travels to present lessons learned on waste crime in the UK at the 8th Annual Canadian Waste to Resource Conference.

Sam, the lead author of a high-profile Eunomia report Rethinking Waste Crime, has first been invited to speak at Combatting Waste Crime Using Satellite Technologies, an event hosted by Air and Space Evidence, in cooperation with DG Environment, in Brussels on Friday 20th October 2017.

Sam’s presentation in Brussels will look at the scale of the economic impact of waste crime, drawing from Eunomia’s research that found waste crime in England incurs losses to the legitimate waste industry and the taxpayer of £604m a year. Commissioned by the Environmental Services Association and published in May 2017, the report made a series of recommendations for tackling the growing problem, and received wide-spread industry and media attention.

Event organisers Air and Space Evidence, known as the world’s first ‘Space Detective Agency’, aim to cover various topics on the day including: the background to the waste crime problem, technological solutions, potential barriers to using satellite technology, and the day-long event will finish with the development of a roadmap for the future.

Sam will then travel to join head of Eunomia’s New York office Sarah Edwards at the 8th Annual Canadian Waste to Resource Conference (CWRC) in Scotiabank Conference Centre, Niagara Falls, where he will deliver Tackling Waste Crimes, a presentation that focuses on the lessons learned in the UK, at 11am on Thursday 26th October 2017.

CWRC brings together representatives in the waste management sector (private and public) from across Canada, North America and Europe to meet and discuss national and local waste management issues. Running from Tuesday 24th October until Thursday 26th October 2017, the Eunomia team will also be attending the Gala Reception, and hosting a poster presentation on Radical EPR Solutions to Drive the Circular Economy in the main auditorium on Wednesday 25th October 2017.

On the subject of waste crime, Sam said:

“Waste crime is a serious issue and it’s important we talk about it. It harms the interests of legitimate waste businesses and to fully transition to a circular economy, we will need to address it.”

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