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Environment Agency Funding To Help Tackle Waste Crime

Recently, the European Union granted more than €640,000 to the Environmental Agency (EA) to help it tackle environmental crime on an international level. This includes the illegal shipment of waste, with is a huge problem undertaken by companies and businesses producing more waste than they can handle. Thankfully, there are alternatives available, such as total waste management from professional recycling experts.

The ‘LIFE’ Programme

The funding will come from the EU’s LIFE programme and is meant to be spent on the development of the existing European Network of Prosecutors for the Environment (ENPE). Since 1992, the LIFE programme has contributed somewhere in the region of €3.1 billion (which translates as around £2.3 billion) to almost 4,000 projects dedicated to protecting the environment in Europe.

After being secured via a partnership with prosecutors in Ireland, the Netherlands and Sweden, along with the European Judges’ network (EUJFE) this funding will commence a five-year programme to reinforce the capacity for prosecutors to tackle environmental crime. The major focuses of this programme will be illegal waste exports and crimes relating to dangerous industrial discharges and the release of harmful chemicals into the environment.

Tackling Sophisticated Environmental Crime

The Environment Agency’s executive director of legal services and president of the ENPE, Jonathan Robinson, said: “Environmental crime increasingly involves sophisticated and organised criminals, working across borders, and it can cause serious harm to the environment and put communities at risk.”

He went on to say that: “It is vital that the Environmental Agency and other European environmental prosecutors work collaboratively to tackle this problem through bodies such as ENPE, and this funding will help us to do that.”

The Crisis Of Illegal Waste In Europe

This funding is certainly excellent news to those with environmental concerns, as research undertaken by the UN and INTERPOL was published recently showing that around 4.7 million tonnes of e-waste was wrongfully mismanaged or illegally traded within mainland Europe itself. Compared to this, only 400,000 tonnes of e-waste are legally traded and transported within Europe.

As an aside of this, the widespread theft of valuable components from e-waste, including circuit boards and other precious metals, has resulted in a serious loss of materials throughout Europe for compliant waste processors, and business offering total waste management, across Europe.

The estimated annual loss to these companies is somewhere between €800m and €1.7bn.

Total Waste Management From Recycling Services

Here at Recycling Services, we are proud to offer total waste management services that are dedicated to environmental concerns. Whenever possible, we recycle the waste that we collect or deliver it to the relevant, legal authorities to ensure that it is re-used in an effective manner.

For more information, on our services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of recycling experts today on 01952 20447101952 204471. Alternatively, if you have any questions, you can email them directly at recyclingservices@reconomy.com.






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