October 26th, 2018

Enforcement undertakings: does crime pay?

by Sam Taylor   In the four months from February to May this year, around £900,000 was paid to charitable causes by companies in recompense for environmental crimes. These types of payments, known as Enforcement Undertakings (EUs), allow offenders to avoid criminal prosecution by making amends through a civil route. Offenders make voluntary offers to […]


January 26th, 2018

Fly-tipping in the face of the evidence

by Peter Jones   The number of fly-tipping incidents recorded by councils in England has gone up every year since 2012/13.  In 2016/17, the total number of fly-tips exceeded a million for the first time since 2008/09. Around two-thirds of incidents are classed as involving household waste; the number of such cases has increased by […]


April 22nd, 2016

Putting the ‘Right Waste’ in the ‘Right Place’

by Sam Corp   It is unfortunate and disappointing that, according to statistics collected by Suez, 56% of SME waste producers are not currently complying with their waste Duty of Care. Causes of non compliance range from not giving consideration to the waste hierarchy or separate collection requirements under the Waste Regulations, to storing waste […]


May 15th, 2015

The exercise of power: how to cut waste crime at landfills

by Roy Hunt   I have been dealing with the Environment Agency for four years now, trying to bring about better regulation of a non-hazardous landfill in East Yorkshire. I have reported numerous concerns about the way the site was being operated, but despite twists and turns, virtually nothing was done for the first three […]


January 2nd, 2015

Down in the dumps with Delingpole

by Peter Jones   For a couple of years now it has been clear that the Daily Mail, despite being printed on largely recycled newsprint, is no fan of recycling. As regular Isonomia readers will know, on occasion I’ve been able to force it to withdraw some of its more egregious claims. Since I last […]


December 12th, 2014

Buyer beware: using procurement to root out waste crime

by Peter Jones   Waste crime has perhaps been the big resources sector issue to come to the forefront in 2014. It’s certainly the only aspect of waste that received a particular mention in the Chancellor’s budget – not even Landfill Tax managed that – and has also been given prominence by Radio 4’s File […]


August 1st, 2014

Storing up trouble: is export the cause of ‘orphaned’ waste?

by Mike Brown   To call the increase in the amount of UK waste being exported to mainland Europe as refuse derived fuel (RDF) over the past few years ‘dramatic’ would be an understatement. Growth from around 270,000 tonnes in 2011 to over 1,500,000 tonnes in 2013 has now been surpassed with current tonnages of […]