Confiscation orders in Wales helped recover 11% of the profits waste offenders made from illegal operations, the country’s environment regulator has reported.
Natural Resource Wales (NRW) says it issued confiscation orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act (PoCA) to 20 people who made around £18m profits from illegal activities since 2008, when PoCA was first used.
A total of £2m had been recovered or was in the process to be recovered by the courts to be paid to the Home Office.
This makes NRW the agency that has obtained the highest amounts through PoCA proceedings to date, as MRW previously indicated.
Richard Siddons, head of technical services at NRW, described the PoCA as “an important tool” to tackle waste crimes.
“The use of PoCA is a significant deterrent to offenders and has a significant impact,” he said. “It deprives criminals of the wealth obtained from their illegal activities, helps prevent re-offending, disrupts criminality and reassures legitimate operators that strong action is being taken against their illegal counterparts.”
NRW says some of the proceedings of confiscation will be used to tackle environmental crime or on projects that deliver environmental outcomes in communities affected by waste crime.