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Operation Goldjuno: joining forces to stop crime in the waste industry

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A pile of scrap metal

Kevin Knight, Senior Environmental Crime Officer, discusses an operation carried out by the Joint Unit for Waste Crime (JUWC) and the Environment Agency to tackle catalytic converter theft and wider illegal waste site operations. Last year Operation Goldiron involving the …

The furniture upcycler who fixed his mistake after illegally entering the waste trade

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Waste being stored illegally

Ed Troughton, Waste Crime Engagement Specialist at the Environment Agency, provides his insights into tackling the handling of illegal waste without a permit.  My three-year-old son spends most of his time making a mess. Sometimes he’ll spill food or his …

Regulating a geological disposal facility to protect the environment

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The Environment Agency and ONR talk to the public about regulating geological disposal. Photo courtesy of Copeland Working Group / RWM

Dr Candida Lean, a Nuclear Waste Assessor at the Environment Agency, reports on our work in West Cumbria and Lincolnshire to share information with communities about the regulation of a geological disposal facility. I’ve worked at the Environment Agency for …

Flying high! Using drones to collect evidence of illegal waste sites

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Thermal image of two drone pilots

Kim Mynard, Regulatory Officer at the Environment Agency, discusses harnessing the power of drone technology to help take action against those causing harm to our environment.  When I joined the Environment Agency about two and a half years ago, little …

Environment Agency’s definition of waste service is open for business

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Construction waste

The EA’s Definition of Waste (DoW) Service, which was temporarily closed in October, has re-opened for business. The voluntary pay-to-use service is the means by which businesses can seek the Environment Agency’s opinion on whether their waste derived material has …

Combatting the illegal export of construction and demolition waste plastic film and wrap

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Heavily contaminated C&D film note presence of construction sand.

The EA’s Illegal Waste Exports Team (IWE) have identified an emerging issue in the illegal export of highly contaminated plastic film and wrap from the construction and demolition (C&D) sector. Following Intelligence led targeting, an increasing number of shipments of …

Taking decisive action on illegal vehicle breakers

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Dismantled car parts

Delphine Dauba-Pantanacce, Director, Legal Counsel, Global Regulatory at eBay, discusses the work the online marketplace is doing with the Environment Agency to educate sellers of used vehicle parts.   Now more than ever, customers are looking for affordable but environmentally conscious …