Fixed penalty notices for breaches to waste export regulations will be issued from October, the Environment Agency has said.
The announcement was made as part of a three-month campaign launched by the EA to raise awareness of the requirements of the Transfrontier Shipment (TFS) Regulations.
“This campaign will serve as a reminder to legitimate business and also a warning to those who are currently operating at the edge of legality,” said the agency.
The initiative aims to warn exporters of the need to check that the destination can lawfully receive their shipment, that a proper contract is in place with a recovery facility and that the Annex VII forms are completed.
Annex VII forms include details of the person arranging the shipment, of the importer, of the origin of the waste and of various carriers.
The EA stated it intends to take “appropriate enforcement action” upon failure to comply with the TFS requirements, including issuing fixed penalty notices.
“Persistent offenders, or those engaging in fraud or misdescription, will be subject to more serious enforcement action, including prosecution,” it said.
“Our aim is to improve industry compliance with the law and become more aware of rogue operators and those who are trying to cut corners and transport waste illegally,” it added.