Why a no-deal Brexit is likely to lead to more waste crime

The Environment Agency has acknowledged that potential funding cuts threaten its abilities to tackle waste crime, and a no-deal Brexit will only make matters worse, finds Conor McGlone.

“Waste crime is already a massive problem in the UK, costing the economy an estimated £1bn a year,” according to Libby Peake, senior policy adviser at resources think tank Green Alliance.

The Environment Agency’s (EA) annual report, published last month, which stated that the challenge of illegal waste activity “may well increase”, should the UK leave the EU without a withdrawal agreement, will therefore make grim reading for the sector. 

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