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Agency gains powers to fine illegal waste firms

Illegal waste carriers risk fines after new rules came into force which allow the Environment Agency to levy a £300 penalty on any business without the correct documentation.

Since Monday (April 2) waste carriers or brokers must prove they are registered with the Environment Agency within seven days of a request. If they fail to do so, a fixed penalty notice (FPN) can be issued.

Environment Agency head of waste Liz Parkes said: Use of FPNs will encourage businesses to comply with the law, particularly in the areas of hazardous waste and waste transportation. FPNs will also help in our fight against illegal waste activity, allowing us to target our enforcement resources on tackling more serious environmental crimes.

By law, companies in England and Wales must be registered with the Environment Agency if they transport waste. Local authorities already have powers to issue FPNs.

Parkes added: We want to encourage businesses to comply with the law and stamp out illegal operations so that the only ones left are those that care about the environment.


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