19 ways to cut waste crime

Waste crime is expanding at quite an alarming rate. That’s not just my view – I’ve heard it expressed by the police, the fire service, senior Environment Agency (EA) officers and my local MP. It seems far beyond the capability of the current regulatory system, split between the EA, HM Revenue and Customs and local authorities, to keep in check.

Companies can be established with no intention of running a sustainable waste operation. Instead, they conveniently go bust, leaving authorities to clear up the mess – all too often, the ashes of a fire where there is a strong suspicion of arson. Those who keep within the rules find it tough to compete, and previously honest owners may turn to crime to survive financially.