The Environment Agency (EA) and the Environmental Services Association (ESA) have teamed up to tackle waste crime.
The non-departmental public body and the industry organisation aim to disrupt illegal waste networks and prosecute the criminals they say undercut legitimate businesses, cause severe damage to the environment and create misery for local residents.
They plan to achieve this by using the ESA’s technical expertise to develop effective regulations, allowing the EA to focus its resources on where they will have the biggest impact.
The collaboration will target major issues such as waste fires and chemical spills, as well as sharing intelligence and taking tough action against those who pass waste on to illegal operators.
This refers to companies failing to deliver the necessary Duty of Care in ensuring their supply chain is managed sustainably and legally.
The organisations also aim to improve technical competence in the waste sector by working with government to ensure waste is only handled by trained personnel at safe, approved sites.
Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the EA, said: “I’m extremely pleased to be strengthening our relationship with the ESA to raise standards across the sector and fight waste crime.
“We want to work with responsible operators to deliver more targeted regulations and but also focus our resources on hitting the worst offenders which is good news for legitimate businesses, the economy and local communities.”