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Waste crime funding announced

A contribution of £100,000 from the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and the Environmental Services Association Education Trust (ESAET) to a multi-agency campaign against waste crime has been announced.

CIWM and ESAET have each committed £50,000 to support the delivery of the second phase of the ’Right Waste, Right Place’ campaign being co-ordinated by the Environmental Services Association (ESA).

The first part of the project, announced last year at RWM, is due to be launched shortly and will be completed by May 2016. The new funding will support a second phase targeting specific SME sectors.

This extra support coincides with a new year-long campaign by the CIWM to emphasise duty of care to businesses in the wider economy.

The CIWM’s own ’Fighting Waste Crime’ initiative will include a range of activities throughout 2016, from meetings to explore topics such as fly-tipping and enforcement to waste crime webinars for CIWM members.

There will be a renewed focus on training and qualifications, particularly technical competence and duty of care for businesses to help them ensure they are compliant.

CIWM chief executive Steve Lee said a more robust duty of care regime was essential for the industry.

“Improved awareness of the requirements will deliver significant and widespread benefits right across our sector, including reducing the opportunities for waste crime by ensuring that businesses understand their obligations and have the right knowledge to avoid illegal operators,” he said.

“The ’Right Waste, Right Place’ campaign also complements other initiatives being rolled out, including Defra’s efforts to remind the general public of their responsibilities as part of its ongoing crackdown on waste cowboys.”

ESA head of regulation Sam Corp said the CIWM support would help to deliver a compelling campaign.

“Better awareness of duty of care will not only help to tackle waste crime, but can also lead to business benefits by encouraging companies to managing their waste more effectively.”

It is estimated that waste crime costs the UK economy £568m a year and diverts as much as £1bn each year away from legitimate business operations.

The CIWM is liaising with Defra on waste crime, particularly after its response in October 2015 to a consultation on enhanced enforcement powers and other measures to tackle waste crime and entrenched poor performance in the waste management industry.

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