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“How we are tackling waste crime” say the Environment Agency

Working with the police and other enforcement agencies we put waste criminals out of business and take back the profits of their crimes.

We issue permits to and regulate landfill, waste disposal, treatment and storage sites.

We’re aware of approximately 600 illegal sites across England and Wales and all high risk sites are being actively investigated.

We have dedicated national and regional teams made up of investigators, including ex-police, former detectives and forensic experts. They are leading the crackdown on waste crime. They have modern policing skills and are well equipped to tackle serious organised crime. By managing data and gathering intelligence on illegal sites we inform our approach to enforcement. We work to either bring the sites into regulation or close them down.

In 2010/11 we stopped around 1200 illegal waste sites. Approximately 170 of these were brought into regulation, the remainder were closed

Environment Agency News – Campaign targeting the illegal disposal of hazardous waste

Monday 23 May 2011 Over the coming months, Environment Agency Officers will be visiting companies in certain sectors of industry across Staffordshire and Wolverhampton in a bid to clamp down on the illegal disposal of hazardous waste.

Companies who produce 500kg or more hazardous waste per annum are usually required to register with the Environment Agency, in accordance with the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005. Registration can be made online at a cost of £18 for a 12 month period. Statutory documents called consignment notes also have to be completed correctly and kept for at least three years.

Environment Agency visits will focus on hazardous waste compliance, but will also include checks on the storage of polluting materials, duty of care, and waste management practices.

The campaign will target the sectors of industry that, from experience, would benefit from our advice and guidance in order to comply. The Environment Agency can take enforcement action against those who don’t comply, including issuing Fixed Penalty Notices which is currently set at £300.

Chris Withnell, Environment Management Team Leader said: “Businesses need to take responsibility to ensure that their waste is managed correctly from production to disposal. Whilst we will support industry in achieving this, we will not hesitate to take action against those who continue to flout the rules.”

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