Waste crime ‘flourishing’ due to weak regulation, industry says

Gaps in regulation have increased the opportunities for waste crime, which is now costing the taxpayer more than £600m a year, according to the waste industry.

The industry report argues that in the past 20 years, the waste industry has changed beyond recognition but regulation has failed to keep up with developments, leaving criminals to exploit the gaps. 

Waste trade body the Environmental Services Association (ESA) commissioned the report, which was written by environmental consultancy Eunomia. It found that most serious waste crime is generated by business, not households, and falls into six categories (see below). 

Regulation is overwhelmingly focused on sites where waste management operations take place, while other parts of the waste management chain, such as waste carriers and brokers, are not subject to the same level ...

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