Waste, especially hazardous waste, has the potential to cause serious harm to the environment, wildlife and human health. Therefore any business in Scotland that transports treats or disposes of any type of waste must have a waste permit or be registered with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).
A number of illegal waste operators have set up across Scotland, operating without the proper licences, procedures and equipment in place. These type of illegal operations include:
• illegal landfill sites;
• unlicensed skip hire operators;
• large scale and persistent dumping of waste;
• unlawful collection, storage and breaking of scrap cars;
• unauthorised collection, storage and export of waste electrical and electronic equipment.
Waste crime costs tax payers millions of pounds each year to investigate and clean up, and it also undermines legitimate waste businesses, who are often undercut by these operators. Serious organised crime groups are also moving into the waste business, using sites as a front for more serious forms of crime, such as money laundering and drug trafficking.
The independent charity CRIMESTOPPERS in partnership with SEPA is targeting these illegal operators – some of whom could be in your area. If you have any information regarding illegal waste operators you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or give information anonymously via the online reporting form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
For more information go here: http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/in-your-area/scotland/campaigns-scotland/sepa-joins-forces-with-crimestoppers-to-tackle-environmental-crime-5489321
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