Waste Crime: Tackling Britain’s Dirty Secret

31st March 2014

by James Fulford, Sam Taylor

This 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.

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