New taskforce assembled to tackle waste crime in the UK

New taskforce assembled to tackle waste crime in the UK:  A new cross-region taskforce directed at tackling waste crime in the UK has been started.

The Waste Compliance Taskforce (WACT) is made up of a number of organisations from all over the public and private sectors, such as regulators, landowners, trade associations, businesses & charities.

It’s looking to improve awareness of waste crime and work in the direction of fighting it by helping businesses and other organisations to be compliant, with the help of a number of working groups.

The WACT will collect intelligence concerning waste crime & use it to construct interventions aimed at jumping on the issue as well as share the information to persuade policy and legislative changes.

Stuart Foster, CEO of plastics charity RECOUP and Chair of WACT explains: “Waste crime is the scourge of our industry. It’s estimated that it costs the UK economy around £1 billion a year but it also potentially puts lives at risk and erodes the public’s trust in the waste and recycling sector.

“It’s crucial that we all come together now to tackle this from every angle so that the organised criminals who are making money out of illegal activities involving the UK’s waste are stopped once and for all.”

The taskforce’s remit is independant to that of the Joint Unit for Waste Crime (JUWC) started by the government earlier this year as a component of its Resources and Waste Strategy.

New taskforce assembled to tackle waste crime in the UK

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