More Power Given to Natural Resources Wales to Tackle Waste Crime in Wales
10th March 2018
The Welsh Government have approved new powers for Natural Resources Wales and Local Authorities to tackle waste crime quicker and more effeciently.
Following a plenary debate on Tuesday 6th March, the National Assembly for Wales approved The Waste Enforcement (England and Wales) Regulations 2018. These regulations are part of a range of measures aimed at tackling waste crime and poor performing waste sites in Wales
Welsh Government estimates illegal activity in the waste management sector costs the Welsh economy up to £32m per year.
Welsh minister for environment, Hannah Blythyn said:
“We have worked with Natural Resources Wales to identify what more can be done to prevent problematic and abandoned waste sites and I have listened to the views of industry”.
“These regulations provide two new powers. The first will enable Natural Resources Wales to restrict access to a waste site to stop more waste coming on the site while the second gives Natural Resources Wales and Local Authorities the ability to serve a notice on an occupier or land owner requiring them to take action to remove wastes unlawfully present.”
“These new powers to take action against illegal waste operators will create a level playing field and help ensure operators who comply with the rules do not lose out to those who undermine and undercut the law-abiding majority.”
In support,Ceri Davies, NRW’s Executive director for evidence, policy and permitting said:
“These new powers will be an invaluable weapon in our continuing fight against waste crime.
“Unscrupulous operators pose a threat to the environment, the health and wellbeing of the communities in which they operate and undermine the Welsh economy.
“But now, thanks to the new regulations, we will be able to deal with them more effectively and reduce the impact of their illegal activity.”
Further details on the announcement can be found here