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Consulation aims to cut waste crime

The Government has launched a review to simplify and modernise legislation that applies to the waste duty of care, registration of waste carriers and the registration and control of waste brokers.

It aims to cut waste crime such as fly-tipping and make legislation easier for the enforcing authorities to use, along with more flexible penalties for waste offences.

Local environment minister Ben Bradshaw said: A major barrier to the realisation of sustainable waste management is waste crime and the illegal disposal of waste. This is already a significant problem, which has a notable effect on the quality of life in many communities. As regulations tighten and traditional waste disposal facilities reduce in number, the temptation for a minority to act outside the law may increase.

The review considers existing offences and penalties whether these are sufficient or more flexible ones are needed and whether links between controls should be strengthened, such as between the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste and between controls on waste carriers and other offences for illegal waste disposal.

It will also consider enforcement issues and how better compliance could be encouraged. How to raise awareness of requirements and a review of current guidance will also be covered.

After the first rounds responses have been analysed, details of which proposals the Government intends to take forward to second consultation will be published along with draft amending regulations for the following: registration requirements in the Controlled Waste (Registration of Carriers and Seizure of Vehicles) Regulations 1991; the Environmental Protection (Duty  of Care) Regulations 1991 as amended; Schedule 4 of the Waste Management Licensing Regulations 1994; and paragraph 12 of Schedule 3 of the 1994 Regulations.


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