New waste crime powers for Environment Agency

Officers will be equipped with body video cameras on their visits to waste sites following a growing number of abusive incidents during inspections

Waste criminals locked behind bars

Two men have been arrested in London in connection with a nationwide waste crime investigation. The Environment Agency, the Metropolitan Police Service and Government Agency Intelligence Network apprehended a 29-year-old man and a 46-year-old man at their homes in Chelsea and Hampstead Heath. The men were arrested for questioning in relation to waste crime, fraud […]

Budget 2017: Landfill tax for illegal dumping confirmed, £30m to tackle waste crime

The UK Government has confirmed legislation will be brought in to charge landfill tax on illegally deposited waste. Operators with illegal waste sites will be liable for the tax and those who continue to flout the rules will face “tough civil and criminal sanctions”. The announcement, which is part of Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget, follows […]

New partnership to put waste criminals in the bin

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 […]

Waste crime ‘costs England £600m a year’

Damage caused by illegal waste operators costs the waste and recycling industry in England as well as taxpayers around £604 million a year. A new report commissioned by the Environmental Services Association Educational Trust (ESAET) and the Environmental Services Association reveals the growing cost of waste crime is now equivalent to building 34 secondary schools […]

Cornish waste operator to pay £80k for illegal asbestos

A Cornish waste operator has to pay almost £80,000 after illegally storing and treating asbestos. Leslie Allen ran a waste site in Perranuthnoe, near Penzance, where a variety of waste from various commercial and domestic sources was processed without the necessary environmental permits in place. He was fined £40,000 for two offences and has to […]

Waste criminal gets 15 months behind bars

A waste criminal has been sentenced to 15 months in prison and disqualified from managing companies for six years. Barry Kilroe was found to have run three waste sites unlawfully, after his actions resulted in the closure of the M60, polluted a river and blighted local communities. He pled guilty to 10 charges relating to […]

Crackdown on waste crime with tougher powers

New rules aimed at making it easier for enforcement authorities to tackle waste crime have come into effect. Waste crime costs the UK economy £568 million a year and diverts as much as £1 billion every year away from legitimate business operations, according to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). The changes […]

‘Stop and searches’ to crack down waste crime

A taskforce from the Environment Agency set up stop and searches and visiting waste sites yesterday to crack down on waste crime that undercuts legitimate businesses and affects local communities. Given the code name ‘Operation Cyclone’, it aims to stop the supply of waste to illegal sites, gather intelligence and encourage people to report the […]