April 26th, 2013

Does waste crime pay?

by Richard Vaughan


On 28th March the Environment Agency carried out a ‘day of action’ against waste crime, code named Operation Cyclone. Over 100 officers visited 60 sites suspected of carrying out illegal waste actions in the North East and South East regions of England. In addition to site visits, roadside stop and searches were carried out. In 2012 the Agency stopped a total of 1,135 illegal waste sites including closure, enforcement action or advice on changing practices to operate legally. It is encouraging that the Agency is taking waste crime so seriously and having a real impact. However the large number suggests that for many operators the rewards of working outside the law remain attractive.

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