New Waste Crime Rules

New rules came into effect on 30 October 2015 that aim to crack down on waste crime and speed up action against rogue waste site operators. This new legislation is designed to create cleaner communities and protect the natural environment.

These measures form part of the Government’s ongoing clampdown on waste crime, which costs the UK economy around £568 million a year and diverts nearly £1 billion away from other legitimate business operations according to Defra.

Resource Minister Rory Stewart said:

“Waste crime blights communities and poses a risk to human health which is why we need to crackdown on the dangerous minority that flout the law. Tackling the problem at its root will help us to protect our beautiful natural environment, build a more efficient waste industry and support legitimate operations.”

As of 30th October, waste operators may have their permits suspended if found to be in breach, and regulators will also be able to apply to the High Court for an injunction to enforce these suspension notices. These changes also aim to protect the public by allowing regulators to take steps to decrease the risk of serious pollution and to require site operators to display signs explaining that waste cannot be brought onto the site.

The Government is also set to introduce new fixed penalty notices for small scale fly-tipping next year, giving local authorities an alternative to costly prosecution.

Please contact Myerson Solicitors if you have any queries about how these new rules will affect your business.

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