How we tackle waste crime and how you can report it.
Waste crimes are committed when people deliberately don’t deal with waste in accordance with the law and their activities can cause harm to people and the environment. Waste crimes can also be committed when they pass on their waste to people who they know will not deal with it properly.
As with other criminal activity, waste crime is committed by a broad spectrum of people for a number of reasons. This includes people whose actions are due to ignorance of the law, those out to make money who are willing to take the risk of being caught, or more serious career criminals involved in a wide range of offending.
Poorly managed waste is a problem for everyone, posing health risks; impacting on communities; taking business away from legitimate waste management companies and costing us all money through our taxes to clear up after them.
See it – report it!
We all have a role to play to stop waste criminals. If you see waste crime report it by calling our incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
You can also report to Crimestoppers using their secure online form:
Waste Crime Report 2012/13
We are taking tough action to deal with serious, organised waste criminals. Across England, we focus our efforts on illegal waste sites, large-scale dumping and illegal exports, working with partners to deal with crimes outside our remit.
Key results for 2012/13
- We stopped illegal activity on illegal waste sites every 90 minutes - every working day.
- We stopped 1,279 illegal waste sites, 80% of which had been on our database for less than 12 months.
- 28% of active illegal waste sites had construction and demolition as their main waste type.
- To prevent illegal export of waste, we inspected 167 shipping containers of which we emptied 68 and used as evidence for prosecution; 65 were returned to the exporting waste site to prevent export and 34 were released with no further action.
- We dealt with 107 incidents of large-scale illegal waste dumping.
- 23% of the large-scale illegal waste dumping incidents we dealt with involved waste from construction, demolition and excavation activities.
- Local authorities are responsible for dealing with smaller-scale and less organised illegal waste tipping, known as fly-tipping. They dealt with just over 688,000 fly-tipping incidents.
- For all aspects of waste crime - illegal waste sites, illegal dumping and illegal exports, we had 171 successful prosecutions and issued 62 formal cautions.
How we tackle waste crime
Watch our video and animation to find out how we work and use your information to stop waste crime.
Your waste - your responsibilities
Contracting others to handle your waste
Check if a waste carrier, broker or dealer is registered with the Environment Agency before you use them:
Scrap Metal Dealers' Act 2013
The Scrap Metal Dealers’ Act 2013 came into effect on 1 October 2013: