Tougher waste permit controls among DEFRA measures to tackle waste crime

DEFRA is seeking views on new powers and reforms it is proposing in a bid to combat waste crime

Waste dumped on a farmer's land in the West Midlands. Photograph: Environment Agency

The government is proposing to increase the Environment Agency’s (EA) enforcement powers, reform the exemption system and introduce household duty of care offences for fly-tipping.

DEFRA launched a consultation on these proposals on 15 January. It forms part of a government drive to tackle waste crime and poor performance at waste sites and follows on from the 2015 DEFRA waste crime action plan.

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