Why the Environment Agency is failing to enforce EU waste regulations

After it emerged the EA has never enforced the waste hierarchy, Conor McGlone asks why the EA is failing to ensure companies follow EU waste laws and what can be done about it

An EfW plant
The EA failed to investigate Burberry over incinerating stock

News that the Environment Agency (EA) has not investigated any company for breaching European waste hierarchy rules since they were first introduced seven years ago is shining a light on the agency's ongoing enforcement issues.

In a statement sent to ENDS, the EA said it welcomed Burberry’s announcement that it is ceasing its practice of incinerating millions of pounds worth of unsaleable stock - something experts have claimed breached Regulation 12 of the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations.

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