Waste Crime Costs England 604 Million a Year!
Waste Crime costs England £604 million a year, according to a new report, 'Rethinking Waste Crime', commissioned by the Environmental Services Association Educational Trust (ESAET) and the Environmental Services Association. The waste sector generates £6.6 billion of value to the UK economy, and has changed beyond all recognition in the last twenty years but regulation has not kept up. Rethinking Waste Crime found that most waste crime is from businesses. Most serious crime falls into one of six areas: illegal waste sites, inaccurately describing waste, illegal export, illegal burning, fly tipping and breaches of permits. Weak regulation is a major cause: for example, anyone can obtain a licence to carry waste and sites are rarely inspected with no way to track commercial waste from its production through to its end destination. There is no simple solution and Rethinking Waste Crime recommended a list of changes to modernise England’s out-of-date waste management system.