On 10 June 2018 the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) launched a review of serious and organised crime in the waste sector. The review plans to consider the following:-
1. The types of crimes being committed and organised crime groups involved.
2. The environmental, community and economic impact of serious and organised waste crime.
3. How the Environment Agency and law enforcement agencies can work together to tackle the issue.
The review is due to be completed by September 2018 and hopes to provide a strategic approach to serious and organised waste crime.
The government has called for evidence in the form of an online questionnaire - the consultation closes on 8 July 2018 and a link to that questionnaire can be found here: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/waste/serious-and-organised-waste-crime/
“Organised criminals running illegal waste dumps and fly-tipping are blighting local communities. They cost our economy vast amounts of money, pollute our environment and harm our wildlife. “We must crack-down on these criminals who have no regard for the impact they have on peoples’ lives. The time is right for us to look at how we can best tackle these antisocial and inexcusable crimes.”