Review into serious and organised waste crime published

14 NOVEMBER 2018

The Government set up an independent review of serious and organised waste crime in June on the back of the epidemic of illegal dumping and major flytipping. They have now published their report with a number of substantial recommendations (listed below) that if applied, will see a significant toughening up of the waste system.

These will affect all part of the waste chain with waste producers being held more accountable for the legal disposal of their waste, to waste broker and carrier registration charges becoming much higher, to mandatory implementation of electronic waste transfer and export documentation to a major increase in Environment Agency powers and cross-regulator cooperation.

At this stage, it is hard to know what will be implemented and when but we are expecting the Resource and Waste Strategy to be published in the next 10 days where it is likely that the government will signal its intentions.

The ten recommendations of the report are:
  1. The Joint Unit for Waste Crime (JUWC) should be established.
  2. Strategic relationships between the Environment Agency and PCCs should be established.
  3. The Environment Agency should be equipped with the necessary tools and powers to pursue and disrupt organised crime.
  4. Waste sector legislation should be amended to allow for more effective prevention and disruption of organised crime.
  5. Mandatory electronic tracking of waste, and a national database of registered brokers, should be introduced at the earliest opportunity.
  6. The Environment Agency should be granted full access to relevant police databases.
  7. Registration and duty of care requirements for carriers, brokers and dealers should be reformed (including in relation to hazardous waste).
  8. Waste producers should be held accountable for the end destination of their waste products.
  9. Plans for additional 2018-22 Environment Agency funding should be reviewed to ensure consistency with plans for a Joint Unit for Waste Crime
  10. Government should reform funding for the regulation and policing of the waste sector at the earliest opportunity.