The Environment Agency (EA) has published a good practice guide on waste exports for local authorities.
The guide recommends steps for councils to prevent their waste being illegally exported, including ensuring collection systems deliver clean materials and auditing contractors.
Councils should be able to demonstrate good practice, the guide says, by establishing onward destinations of waste, implementing tracking procedures, and monitoring exports.
It also outlines relevant legislation and gives definitions of key terms and concepts.
The document, released at the end of last month, was put together through the European Pathway to Zero Waste (EPOW) partnership with WRAP in south east England with input from local authorities, waste firms and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).
One waste collection authority is quoted by the EA as saying: “I think it is a clear, easy to understand piece of guidance that outlines well what local authorities need to do in terms of tracking the materials they collect.
“I think much of this good practice should be used by local authorities regardless of whether the waste is being exported or not in order to provide transparency and accountability of all partners in the chain.”