The total annual cost of waste related crime in England has increased by 53 per cent in the last three years. A recent study found it now costs the country a billion pounds per year.
Waste Related Crime Costs a Billion Pounds Per Year
A new report from the Environmental Services Association (ESA) shows the cost of waste-related crime in England has risen from £604 million in 2015 to over £924 million for 2018/19. That is over a billion pounds a year for the whole of the UK.
The report, “Counting the cost of waste crime”, says that the two most expensive forms of waste crime to deal with are fly-tipping, which costs £392 million per annum, and illegal waste sites, which account for £236 million a year.
The independent research, which was undertaken by Eunomia Research & Consulting, shows that costs have risen due to many factors, including an increase in recorded waste crime incidents. Types of waste related crime include fly-tipping, illegal dumping and burning of rubbish, as well as export fraud and even tax evasion.
A recent national poll by YouGov suggests most British residents are unknowingly risking breaking the law through lack of awareness of the legal duty of care for the safe disposal of waste. This could result in them failing to meet their legal requirements when they arrange for waste to be disposed of. Fewer than half of the respondents knew what their legal responsibilities were for waste disposal. 70% did not know they can be personally prosecuted for failing to make checks and their waste is fly-tipped – even by a third party.
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