Defra and the Environment Agency will soon release details of a plan for further action against waste crime, including higher charges for non-compliance, the resource minister has said.
Speaking at the Resource Association’s annual event, Dan Rogerson said the department and the agency will issue a joint statement setting out how the additional funding they received as part of the latest Budget will be spent.
“Actions will be focused on four themes,” he said. “[Measures] on timely and robust enforcement, on intelligence sharing, on making the polluter pay with, among other things, increasing regulatory effort and charges imposed on poor performance, and on making better use of regulatory control to stop rogue operators.
“I will be writing to key stakeholders, including the Resource Association, soon detailing the specific actions we will take.”
The Government gave the EA some additional £5m to tackle illegal waste activities. The funding will be diverted from the landfill communities fund, which will be reduced to £71m.
It will break down as £3m this year and £2m in 2015, a spokesperson for the EA told MRW.