Why coronavirus is leading to a surge in waste crime

The closure of household recycling centres has led to a sharp rise in waste crime but the waste industry does not feel able to reopen them due to social distancing rules. DEFRA is in a bind. Conor McGlone investigates.

by Conor McGlone
Rubbish dumped in Leicestershire in April after councils closed recycling centers across the nation due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images
Rubbish dumped in Leicestershire in April after councils closed recycling centers across the nation due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

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