Waste crime webinar series launched

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:
The webinars will run in January and February 2020

CIWM and the Environmental Services Association (ESA) will host a series of free webinars this month and next exploring the latest approaches to fighting waste crime in the UK.

Participants will hear from a range of speakers.

The Environment Agency’s National Intelligence Unit will provide insight into the ‘intelligence-led’ approach to tackling waste crime, which relies on the public and legitimate industry to submit information on suspected illegal waste activities.

Participants will learn the best way to provide information and what is done with it.

Waste and resource policy leads from Defra will present on the UK government’s progress in implementing its Prevent, Detect, Deter strategy to tackle waste crime.

They will also speak on proposed new regulations due for further consultation in 2020, including the reform of the carriers, brokers, and dealers system, and electronic waste tracking.

Webinar participants will also hear from the Environment Agency’s waste crime engagement specialist team and the head of the new joint unit for waste crime, a crime-tackling partnership between regulators, police, the National Crime Agency, local authorities, and legitimate industry.

Crimestoppers, which is supporting the series, will also provide insight into the workings of its service, which takes anonymous information from the public.

The webinars will run on 23 January, 6 February, and 13 February, and are produced in collaboration with the Environment Agency, the charity Crimestoppers, and the Right Waste Right Place campaign.

Pat Jennings, head of policy, knowledge, and external affairs at CIWM, said: “UK governments and the resources and waste sector have been stepping up efforts and working collaboratively to tackle the growing problem of waste crime.

“Measures including targeted funding and enhanced enforcement powers, proposals for regulatory reform, intelligence-led strategies, and awareness-raising through initiatives such as the Right Waste Right Place campaign, are all designed to make waste crime more difficult and less lucrative.

“These webinars will provide a valuable update on progress and on a number of new initiatives underway for 2020.”

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