27 November 2018 by Elizabeth Slow

ESA casts doubt on waste crime measures

The Environment Services Association (ESA) has called into question the “effectiveness” of the Government’s recently announced measures to tackle waste crime.

ESA has reiterated its call for a ‘complete overhaul’ of the waste carriers regime

Reacting to Defra’s proposals after a waste crime consultation, Sam Corp, head of regulation at ESA, expressed concern that they do not go far enough to deter the ‘real’ criminals.

In its response, Defra confirmed the introduction of fixed penalty notices (FPN) for householders who breach their duty of care when disposing of waste, however, stopped short on any technical changes to exemption requirements (see letsrecycle.com story).

‘Concerns’

Despite welcoming the announcement on FPNs, Mr Corp warned that “without a complete overhaul of the carriers, brokers, dealers regime… we retain our concerns about the effectiveness of this proposal to deter the ‘real’ criminals.”

“We retain our concerns about the effectiveness of this proposal to deter the ‘real’ criminals.”


Sam Corp
ESA

According to Mr Corp, the current requirements for becoming a registered waste carrier, broker or dealer “are just not stringent enough”.

“So, unfortunately, simply checking that you have passed your waste to a registered carrier does not provide any real guarantee that it will not then be flytipped,” he added.

“We therefore look forward to further Government action in the near future to tackle this issue.”

A supplementary government response setting out its approach to exemptions will be published in due course, Defra has confirmed.

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