SEPA won’t waste chance to tackle crooks

SEPA is working with the police and others to crack down on waste crime

SEPA is working with the police and others to crack down on waste crime

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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is leading three days of action, aimed at tackling cross border criminal activity in the waste industry.

It will work with partners including the police, DVLA and HM Revenue and customs to crack down on waste crime.

Operation Nortese will involve site inspections, roadside stops and port checks as part of its ongoing mission to thwart criminal activity in waste disposal.

Terry A’Hearn, SEPA’s Chief Executive, said: “The upcoming days of action are designed to help us identify the scale of illicit waste transport in Scotland and pilot a series of practical approaches which will improve our ability to tackle the issue. They will also carry the message that compliance is not optional and that our grip is always tightening on the pathways which criminal elements continue to use.

“While we know that the vast majority of operators behave responsibly, the actions of those who choose to act outside the law continue to have an adverse impact on our environment, our society and the economy.

“The multi-agency approach to this initiative is of paramount importance and the lessons learned will ensure that cross border waste crime continues to be tackled effectively in future.”

As part of the initiative SEPA has distributed a ‘Clamping Down on Waste Crime’ leaflet to almost 8,000 registered waste carriers and brokers, to remind them of their responsibilities and where to gain further advice on compliance.

The information leaflets will also be handed out by SEPA staff during the operation and can be viewed on the SEPA website www.sepa.org.uk.