Government Crack Down on Waste Crime
The Environment agency has been allocated an extra £30 million to tackle illegal operators & sites with added powers as reported in a press release on the 29th March
Powers include ability to lock up sites and block access forcing rogue operators to clean up all waste and prevent pile up of tonnes of illegal waste.
Body worn video cameras will be rolled out to all waste enforcement officers
The changes are in response to a public consultation where 90% of respondents supported proposals for the regulator to take physical steps to curb illegal waste activity.
As the fight against waste crime ramps up, the Environment Agency has also announced that its waste enforcement officers will be equipped with body worn video cameras on their visits to waste sites. The move follows a growing number of abusive incidents during site inspections.
The measures follow an extra £30 million of funding from the Government in November 2017 to tackle waste crime – an issue that drives business away from legitimate operators, blights communities and endangers the environment.
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In the financial year 16/17, the Environment Agency brought 138 prosecutions against businesses or individuals for waste crime offences, yielding more than £2m in fines.
For more information on the trial of the body video cameras, see https://www.gov.uk/government/news/environment-agency-trials-use-of-body-cameras
For more information on the successful prosecution using body worn cameras, see the press release here.
The responses to the 2015 public consultation on increasing EA powers are also available online.
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