A guide to give businesses a better understanding of the cost and impact of waste crime has been launched by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and legal firm Dentons.
CIWM chief executive Steve Lee said waste crime was a major issue in the UK and affected businesses, taxpayers and communities.
“The substantial rewards that can be realised through illegal waste activities, coupled with challenging enforcement conditions and reduced funding for UK regulators, are factors contributing to a problem that is estimated to cost the UK around £568m through loss of revenue for legal waste sites, landfill tax evasion and the clean-up costs of fly-tipping,” he said.
A Dentons spokesperson added: “With research suggesting that more than half of UK businesses are not complying with their duty of care, this guide will serve as a timely resource.”
The guide, Fighting Waste Crime: the real impact of waste crime on your organisation, has contributions from regulators, lawyers and brand reputation experts.
It sets out the duty of care responsibilities that apply to anyone when dealing with waste, and other areas of regulatory compliance.
Criminal liabilities, financial penalties and reputational issues that can result from being involved in waste crime are also detailed.