The Environment Agency has vowed to track down people involved in illegal waste export activity after officers from teams across England conducted an intelligence-gathering operation at Harwich International Port in Essex focussed on the illegal export of waste.
The aim of the operation was to stop and check HGVs carrying waste in a bid to identify any waste materials that could have been being illegally exported to Europe.
A gang of four men have been handed a combined sentence of 32 years for human trafficking and exploitation offences after forcing Polish workers to work long hours for low pay in poor conditions in recycling plants in the North East.
Waste crime in England is costing £604 million a year in losses to the waste industry and the taxpayer, and the ESA says that tighter regulation is needed to stop waste criminals currently flouting the system unimpeded.
A man found guilty of running an illegal mattress disposal operation in Norwich that involved illicit shipment of waste to Egypt has been sentenced along with the owners of the site where the operation was based.
Keep Britain Tidy has launched a new campaign to combat the alarming rise in criminal fly-tipping, #CrimeNotToCare, targeting ‘ordinary people’ to promote awareness of the dangers of using unlicensed waste carriers.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson says residents that alert the council of fly-tippers and those not recycling properly should be rewarded, even suggesting that whistleblowers should receive refunds on their council tax.