How to deal with organised waste crime

Michael Gove has called for evidence on how to deal with organised waste crime.

Criminals that run waste disposal businesses, operating illegal waste sites, fly-tipping and exporting waste illegally undercut legitimate business, blight local communities, pollute the environment and often provide fronts for further illegal activities. Their activity is believed to cost the economy over £600million in England alone.

The Environment Agency discovered more than 850 new illegal waste sites in 2016/17 and shut down an average of two every day but the problem persists.

The call to evidence was launched on 10th June 2018 and is looking for people to have their say on how to crack down on organised crime that profit from illegal waste activities. The review looks at who is involved, the impacts of the crimes and the strategic approach that should be taken to tackle the problem.

Have your say here.

The call for evidence in one of a number of steps the Government is taking to crack down on waste crime. Earlier proposals have included removing exemptions and raising the standards of operator competence which Wiser believes will significantly affect legitimate operators.

 

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Accreditations

Fernbrook Bio achieves recertification to PAS110 & Biofertiliser Certification Scheme

Congratulations to Fernbrook Bio for achieving recertification to PAS110 and Biofertiliser Certification Scheme!

Despite all the recent external pressures, Fernbrook Bio has successfully maintained a high-quality standard throughout. This fantastic achievement demonstrates how successful our 14-year strong collaborative partnership has been. We look forward to tackling the next challenge together.

End of halogen light bulbs

From this September, the UK Government is set to ban the sale of halogen light bulbs – with fluorescent light bulbs to follow suit.

We offer a complete collection and recycling service – so, get in touch if you have any unwanted lights, light fittings or bulbs.

The EA has updated its odour management plan guidance

The EA has updated its odour management plan guidance. Overall, the guidance outlines how operators must control and monitor emissions from their activities that may cause pollution.

Changes include clarifications regarding when the EA will want an odour management plan. They may request one during pre-application, determination, variation or at any point during the lifetime of your permit.

Also, Materials recycling and handle odorous inputs or reject streams and Intensive Farming have been added to the list of Activities that require an odour management plan.