News and events

Intervention Design Manual published

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The LIFE SMART Waste project has published an innovative Intervention Design Manual to give environmental authorities and others a framework for choosing and designing waste crime interventions and making partnership agreements.

The Intervention Design Manual for waste crime was prepared by Cambrensis with input from the SEPA project team, Natural Resources Wales and ...

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National Forum on Waste Management - Nantes


The LIFE SMART Waste project was amongst the initiatives discussed at the Assises Nationales des Déchets (National Forum on Waste Management), co-organised by ACR+ member  Nantes Métropole, on 27 and 28 September 2017 in Nantes, France.

Approximately 520 delegates gathered at this biennial forum which focused on ...

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New Remote Sensing report published


The LIFE SMART Waste project has published the first in a series of reports investigating the potential for innovation in using Remote Sensing (RS) techniques and data to help tackle waste crime.

Waste crime is a high priority challenge for environmental regulators in the European Union. RS techniques can potentially ...

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Industry perceptions of waste crime


The LIFE SMART Waste project has published a report on waste and resource management industry perceptions of waste crime in Scotland following research undertaken to help fill gaps in our understanding of the scale of the issue and to inform the design of effective interventions.

The threat of waste crime to the natural environment ... 

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Save the date … No time to waste!

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The BlockWaste and DOTCOM Waste projects – focusing on illegal waste management and transport - have announced that their final conference will take place on 23 November 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.

Join the LIFE SMART Waste team in saving the date ...

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New digital brochure published

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We have published the latest in a series of LIFE SMART Waste digital brochures to provide an update on progress at the mid-point in the project.

The brochure provides updates on the launch of the project's communications Hub, intelligence-gathering activities and progress in ...

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Assessing the vulnerability of the Waste Tyres sector

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The LIFE SMART Waste project is seeking the support of the waste and resources industry to complete a survey to help assess the vulnerability of the Waste Tyres sector to criminal activity.

LIFE SMART Waste, led by SEPA, is working with environmental regulators and enforcement agencies throughout the UK and ...

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Financial investigations webinar

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The LIFE SMART Waste project will be delivering a webinar on 'Pro-active financial Investigation in tackling waste crime' on 12 June 2017 as part of the DOTCOM Waste webinar series.

In this webinar, George Hope (SEPA) will consider how environmental authorities or regulators could go beyond their usual remit to ...

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LIFE 25th Anniversary


To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of LIFE - the EU's financial instrument for nature, the environment and climate action - the LIFE SMART Waste project will be promoted by ACR+ at two events in Barcelona, Spain during 18-19 May 2017.

The EU has been supporting nature, environment and climate action for 25 years. To celebrate this milestone the LIFE community is ...

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LIFE SMART Waste visited Rome at the invitation of INTERPOL's Pollution Crime Working Group (PCWG) to present an overview of a new financial screening tool that is being developed by the project to help environmental regulators to take a proactive approach to financial investigations relating to waste crime.

INTERPOL’s PCWG met in Rome for a three-day conference (15-17 May 2017) to share experiences and explore new ways of disrupting ...

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Horizon scanning tool workshop, Glasgow

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On behalf of the LIFE SMART Waste project, Cranfield University facilitated a workshop of expert stakeholders in Glasgow on 26 April 2017 to explore how horizon scanning and predictive analysis could help to tackle waste crime.

The workshop forms part of project Action B4 which aims to develop innovative emerging threats (horizon scanning) and predictive analysis tools that environmental authorities can use in the waste industry ...

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Enhanced External Steering Group

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The External Steering Group (ESG) for the LIFE SMART Waste has recently been expanded with new members to provide the project with a broader range of expertise and experience of tackling waste crime in Europe.

The newly-enhanced ESG assembled in Glasgow on 1 March 2017 to ...

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 Financial screening tool workshop

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Experts from throughout the UK gathered in Glasgow on 26 January 2017 to participate in a validation workshop for a ‘waste crime financial risk screening tool’ being developed by Cranfield University on behalf of the LIFE SMART Waste project.

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