In this blog post by Lee Marrs, Intelligence Research Officer at the Environment Agency, his experiences in working with industry partners to prevent the illegal export of waste are discussed.
Last Septmeber a conference was held bringing together industry partners, influential shipping lines, including Maersk and Competition and Markets Agency (CMA), freight forwarders, UK governing bodies, LIFE SWEAP and Interpol representatives, and members of tyres and recycling associations. The aim of the day was to highlight the legal responsibilities of all involved in the waste exports market to establish a collaboration between them and us.
Conference delegates learned many lessons, including:
- The reality that the law places a duty of care on everyone involved in the movement of waste for export.
- In failing to do simple up front checks, they are legitimising illegal waste exports and there are consequences for this.
- The overwhelming evidence that we must work together to dramatically reduce illegal waste exports to protect the environment and people.
Read the full blog post here.