Industry bodies have expressed support for the latest action plan against waste crime put forward by the resource minister.
Dan Rogerson recently wrote to the Environmental Services Association (ESA), the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), the Resource Association and the Renewable Energy Association, outlining measures Defra and the Environment Agency (EA) intend to take in the next 12 months to tackle illegal waste operations.
The organisations welcomed the plan saying it was a positive response from the minister to their joint calls for more action to eradicate waste crime.
Barry Dennis, director general of the ESA (above), said he appreciated the Minister’s pledge to increase enforcement activities.
“We particularly welcome the commitment to taking robust and timely enforcement action to prevent rogue operators from obtaining permits and to quickly stop those who are deliberately or repeatedly flouting the rules,” he said.
He also described as encouraging the proposal to coordinate activity between the EA and HM Revenue and Customs to tackle non-compliance linked to tax evasion.
“Nearly £160 million per annum is being lost to the public purse due to waste materials, deliberately or otherwise, being incorrectly described as ‘low rated’ in terms of landfill tax and this must be stopped,” he said.
Steve Lee, chief executive of CIWM noted that a joint industry approach was needed to reduce waste crime.
“The letter acknowledges that the industry’s cooperation remains essential and CIWM will continue to drive this agenda to ensure that the environment, our communities, and legitimate businesses in the sector are not harmed by these illegal operators,” he said.