In 2014, the Environmental Services Association Education Trust published a damning report on the state of waste crime. Now they have followed it up with a second report – Rethinking Waste Crime – which suggests that despite the best efforts of the wast industry, weak regulation is allowing waste crime to flourish.
The research, carried out by Eunomia, identifies six categories of waste crime and reports that businesses are the prime generators, primarily because they benefit by avoiding the costs associated with legal disposal of waste. The report makes fourteen specific recommendations under four main themes: reform of the regulatory regime; greater enforcement; increased funding to support enforcement; and increased awareness supported by greater cross-regulatory co-operation.
A full review of the report – with comparisons to the 2014 report – will be published here later this summer.