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Environment Agency to get £4 million boost

The Environment Agency (EA) will benefit from an extra £4 million to tackle waste crime and reduce business waste, under funding announced by the Government last week.

It will come from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), through its Business Resource Efficiency and Waste Programme (BREW), which is money received from landfill tax increases.

The money has been allocated to three areas: tackling waste crime; developing clear guidance on how to recycle and recover key types of waste for reuse in collaboration with the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP); and further developing the small business environmental legislation website Netregs.

EA head of waste strategy Martin Brocklehurst said: “The new funding will enable us to work with specific business sectors to help them reduce waste which will not only be better for the environment but makes good business sense too. The funding will also allow us to extend out targeted projects to tackle waste crime throughout a wider area.”

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