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Suggestions to cut waste crime

A former senior IBM executive has produced a list of possible ways to tackle waste crime.

Ex-European sales manager Roy Hunt shares his ‘Nineteen Ways to Cut Waste Crime’ on the Isonomia blog, saying his interest in waste crime began as a neighbour of a landfill site that was taken onver by a new company.

Hunt says the “worst excesses” included the dodging of landfill tax and disreputable practices over refuse derived fuel (RDF).

Hunt said: “The whole collection system [of landfill tax] seems to be based largely on trust. Even where individual loads are caught out, regulators seem ready to accept that it is the result of an error.

“In the rare cases where court action results, the penalties seldom, if ever, seem proportionate to the fraudulent profits.”

Suggested improvements include fitting automatic number plate recognition systems at weighbridges and CCTV for tipping areas.

On rogue RDF companies, he says all facilities should be insured for the cost of clean-up in the event of a fire.

Read Hunt’s piece here.

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