According to a group of waste sector organisations, regulatory measures need to be improved to tackle waste crime.
The group includes the Environmental Services Association (ESA), the Charted Institution of Waste Management (CIWM), UROC and independent regulatory advisers. A detailed review of the carriers, brokers and dealers regulatory regime was carried out by the group and they believe improvement can be made and potentially implemented in the forthcoming Resources and Waste strategy.
Last year, a report title - ‘Our Rethinking Waste Crime’ – was published by the group and highlighted the current regime was a significant source of leakage of waste materials from the UK’s regulated systems, and of a wide range of real and potential criminal activity. Waste that is managed badly or illegally, and deposited in the wrong place can damage health, impact the environment and lead to clean up costs.
A number of the recommendations have been put forward to DEFRA.
The overall proposal is to separate carriers, brokers and dealers by applying different regulatory requirements and a tiered approach to each.
Registration will also be separated (i.e. separate application for a carrier permit and broker permit) and will be replaced with a tighter system of permitting. Applicants will need to provide more detailed information, comply with specified conditions and pay a fee. This may take the form of robust identify checks and demonstration of competence such as technical competence, no past convictions and financial competence.