News and events

We're recruiting a Principal Policy Officer

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A vacancy has arisen for a Principal Policy Officer to lead the design and development of policy and legislative changes arising from the LIFE SMART Waste (LSW) project within Scotland, UK and Europe.

The Principal Policy Officer will be employed by SEPA with responsibility for ...

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Coming soon in 2019


The work of the LIFE SMART Waste project has gathered pace and 2019 promises a wealth of new insights with the completion of our waste crime interventions, further pilot studies and the publication of a range of reports to share the results.

In early 2019 these will include ...

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Remote Sensing pilots to detect illegal waste in Scotland


The LIFE SMART Waste project is currently undertaking two concurrent pilots in Scotland to develop and evaluate the application of select Remote Sensing techniques to help tackle waste crime.

As outlined in the project's initial research, Remote Sensing techniques can potentially play a significant role in supporting the work of ...

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Could you pilot our Waste Crime Indicators Toolkit?


The LIFE SMART Waste project has developed a Waste Crime Indicators Toolkit that is designed to provide practical indicators of waste crime using simple analysis of waste operator data.

There are plans to pilot the Toolkit in EU Member States during early 2019 ...

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Keynote address to Waste Management industry, Leeds


Iain Brockie, SEPA’s Technical Team lead for the LIFE SMART Waste project, joined the Waste Management Smart Class 2018 in Leeds on 28 November to deliver a keynote presentation entitled “LIFE SMART Waste – Innovative Ways to Understand, Tackle and Reduce Waste Crime”.

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Horizon Scanning workshops, the Netherlands

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Representatives from EU Member State environmental regulators and enforcement bodies from throughout Europe have attended workshops in the Netherlands to take part in a European pilot for the LIFE SMART Waste project's Horizon Scanning Toolkit.

The project's recently-developed Horizon Scanning Toolkit is designed to help environmental regulators to build an early warning system for ...

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UK Waste Trade Advisory Group, Manchester


The LIFE SMART Waste project has brought together a range of key industry stakeholders to consider the persistent issue of criminality within the UK's waste management industry. As a result, a collaborative trade advisory group was formed to help develop a flourishing 'legitimate' waste management industry by creating a more hostile operating environment for criminals.

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Interested in our training?

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The LIFE SMART Waste project is developing a range of useful tools and user manuals to help environmental regulators to tackle issues related to waste crime.  Following pilots to test and refine these materials, we will develop and deliver supporting training modules.

The final training modules will relate to ...

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ENPE Conference 2018, Greece


The LIFE SMART Waste project shared some of its innovative work at the recent ENPE Annual Conference in Heraklion, Crete, Greece from 23-24 October 2018.

ENPE joined with partners from two EU LIFE programme funded projects, and a specialist water Crimes Group from ...

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EMPACT financial investigation

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Referencing the project's Financial Risk Assessment Tool, LIFE SMART Waste has been supporting EMPACT actions prioritising environmental crime by participating in operational activity relating to Financial Investigations (Environmental Crime, Strategic Goal 6).

The EMPACT multi-annual Policy Cycle aims to ...

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Multi-agency intervention to 'Drive out waste crime'

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The LIFE SMART Waste project, led by SEPA, has teamed up with the English, Welsh and Northern Irish environment protection agencies, enforcement agencies and industry associations to tackle the issue of illegal transportation and disposal of waste.

The movement and transportation of waste is recognised as ...

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New Horizon Scanning Toolkit

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The LIFE SMART Waste project has developed and published a new Horizon Scanning Toolkit that is designed to help environmental regulators to build an early warning system for emerging developments in the waste sector to protect the industry from future criminal enterprise ...

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INTERPOL Pollution Crime Working Group, South Africa


The LIFE SMART Waste project was amongst the initiatives discussed at INTERPOL’s Pollution Crime Working Group (PCWG) meeting at Skukuza in the Kruger National Park, South Africa from 22-25 May 2018.

The PCWG network meets annually to discuss new and growing global concerns relating to pollution crime, to share best practice in dealing with ...

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New Technical Team Manager


The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has appointed Iain Brockie as Technical Team Manager for the LIFE SMART Waste project.

Mr Brockie brings a wealth of experience to the project. He has worked for SEPA as an Enforcement Specialist for over seven years, focusing on ...

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We're recruiting

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A vacancy has arisen for a Technical Team Manager to lead the existing team and deliver technical deliverables for the LIFE SMART Waste project.

The Technical Team Manager will be responsible for ...

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Illegal waste warehousing campaign

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LIFE SMART Waste has partnered with Crimestoppers and a range of organisations to launch a campaign to help tackle the issue of illegal dumping of waste in warehouses and farm buildings.

In the UK we are seeing an increase in incidents of criminals using warehouses and farm buildings to illegally dispose of ...

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