CIWM and ESA, in partnership with the Environment Agency, the charity Crimestoppers and the ‘Right Waste Right Place’ campaign, are pleased to be hosting a series of free webinars in January and February exploring the latest approaches to fighting waste crime.
Waste crime, which pollutes the environment and causes misery and stress to local communities, also continues to cost UK society nearly £1 billion every year – from fly-tipping, to illegal waste site enforcement and clean up, and lost revenue to the Exchequer through fraud and misclassification of waste.
Having recognised the significant and growing impact of this type of crime, efforts to tackle waste crime have been ramped up in the last few years, ranging from cross-agency working through to proposed regulatory changes and greater enforcement powers.
This series of webinars will provide attendees with the latest update on progress, and participants will hear from a range of speakers including the Environment Agency’s National Intelligence Unit, who will provide insight into the ‘intelligence led’ approach to tackling waste crime, which relies on the provision of information from the public and legitimate industry on suspect illegal waste activities. Legitimate industry and local authorities also play a vital role in providing information to regulators on suspected illegal activity, as well as on market trends and developments which may create opportunities for waste crime. Participants will learn the best way to provide information and what the regulator does with it.