Do the Environment Agency’s one-day stings deter waste criminals?

The Environment Agency (EA) says it has made “great strides” in tackling waste crime but for every illegal site it closes down, more than one springs up in its place. Conor McGlone asks how effective the agency’s one-day operations are in deterring waste criminals

Last month, the EA carried out what it hailed as its largest ever one-day sting, in which it inspected 52 waste sites across the east of England and found that 27 - more than half - were operating outside of the law.

The EA regularly publicises these types of operations. During its last “day of action” in March, EA officers in Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire visited nearly 30 sites in a single day, uncovering illegal activity at 11.

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