All activities involving the treatment, keeping or disposal of waste must be authorised by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA). Waste that is not handled legitimately can potentially cause harm to human health and the environment. Unlicensed activity undermines legitimate businesses that lose income, and profits come largely at the expense of the taxpayer. In 2014, it was estimated that waste crime costs the United Kingdom economy around £565 million a year.
Our report will examine NIEA’s current approach to the regulation of the waste industry, and considers how it tackles waste crime. It will also include:
- what progress has been made to implement a more integrated approach to licencing and compliance;
- an examination of enforcement activities and outcomes; and
- a consideration of the data available to help the NIEA tackle waste crime.
We aim to publish in Spring 2018.