Rethinking Waste Crime, outlined a number of recommendations in the House of Commons including reducing the impact of crime waste by utilising revenue via the landfill tax.
In England, the report estimated that waste crime results in losses for the legitimate waste industry and the impact of the taxpayer which is close to £602 million annually.
The research also suggested that a reported £6.6 billion value to the UK waste sector has completely changed in previous years, indicating that the regulation has not been able to adapt to new challenges within the industry.
Despite massive efforts from the regulatory bodies, the Environment Agency and the government, waste crime is increasing.
Some of the key areas include:
- Illegal waste sites
- Burning of waste illegally
- Breaches of permit conditions Exports of waste illegally
It also expressed concern that the majority of the waste comes from businesses indicating industry use rather than private households.
Amongst various recommendations, the report highlights the fact that the ‘soft’ regulation is the main cause of the waste crime problems throughout the UK.
Mike Brown, MD, Eunomia commented: “Regulators have been under-resourced and encouraged to take a light-touch approach in order to be business friendly. Ironically, this is actually harming the interests of legitimate waste businesses while giving criminals an easy ride.
The solution isn’t to abandon the progress we’ve made, but to modernise regulation to support our increasingly circular economy.”