The British Plastics Federation (BPF) is helping to reduce waste crime with a new anonymous route for its members to report suspected illegal practices directly to the Environment Agency Intelligence Team.
A report commissioned by the Environmental Services Association Education Trust (ESAET) and the Environmental Services Association estimates that waste crime costs £604 million a year. This cost impacts the legitimate waste industry as well as the tax payer.
Chairman of the BPF Recycling Group Roger Baynham states:
“One of our key objectives is to promote resource efficiency and the environmentally responsible management of plastic waste. Helping to tackle unscrupulous practices through an anonymous reporting system is a clear step in the right direction and we hope this initiative will significantly reduce waste crime in the UK.”
To make it easy for members to report waste crime such as PRN fraud, the BPF has set up an online form on its website. Information received from members will then be passed on anonymously to the Environment Agency Intelligence Team for them to investigate. The Environment Agency will also be able to follow up via the BPF if they need more information.
BPF members can report suspected waste crime at: www.bpf.co.uk/wastecrime.
The BPF encourages non-members to report any suspected waste crime through Crime Stoppers.