New rules tackle waste crime

Defra has introduced new rules to tackle waste crime, making it easier for regulators to take action.

The changes come as part of the government's on-going crackdown on waste crime, which is estimated to cost the UK economy £568 million a year and is said to be diverting as much as £1 billion each year away from legitimate business operations.The new rules come ahead of the introduction of fixed penalty notices for small scale fly-tipping which will be introduced next year and will give local authorities an alternative to prosecution.

The new powers, which came into effect on 30 Ocrober, enable regulators to:

  • Suspend a permit where an operator has breached their permit and there is a resulting risk of pollution.
  • Specify in a suspension notice the steps that must be taken to remedy the breach of a permit and remove the risk of pollution and require the operator to display a sign which informs the public about waste that cannot be brought onto the facility.
  • Take steps to remove a risk of serious pollution at a facility, regardless of whether it is regulated under a permit.
  • Make it easier for the regulators to apply to the High Court for an injunction to enforce compliance with enforcement or other notice.

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