Checks on waste containers destined for export have increased by over 400% year-on-year, data from the Environment Agency has indicated.
The agency said it inspected 876 shipping containers in the 12 months to July 2014 as a result of intelligence operations.
Of those checked, 242 were returned to waste sites for reprocessing or detained as part of criminal investigations, a rate of 27%.
Inspections were up on 2012-13 when, according to the EA’s Waste Crime Report in October 2013, the agency checked 167 loads.
Of the containers inspected that year, 68 were used as evidence for prosecutions and 65 were sent back to waste sites - a rate of 80%.
The EA has recently launched an awareness campaign on the requirement of the Transfrontier Shipment regulations.
From October, it will start issuing fixed penalties notices for certain kind of paperwork offences, for example failure to fill Annex VII forms in full.