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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