The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has announced an anonymous route for members to report suspected illegal practices to the Environment Agency Intelligence Team.
A report commissioned by the Environmental Services Association Education Trust (ESAET) and the Environmental Services Association estimates that waste crime costs £604m a year. This cost has an adverse impact on the legitimate waste industry as well as the taxpayer.
Chairman of the BPF Recycling Group, Roger Baynham, said: “One of our key objectives is to promote resource efficiency and the environmentally responsible management of plastic waste.
”Helping to tackle unscrupulous practices through an anonymous reporting system is a clear step in the right direction. We hope this initiative will significantly reduce waste crime in the UK.”
To make it easy for members to report waste crime such as packaging recovery note fraud, the BPF has set up an online form on its website.
Information received from members will then be passed on anonymously to the EA for investigation. The agency will also be able to follow up via the BPF if the team needs more information.
BPF members can report suspected waste crime at: www.bpf.co.uk/wastecrime