Update on the LIFE SMART Waste 'Hub'

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8 December 2015

We are continuing to work with our LIFE SMART Waste project partners to deliver an innovative ‘Hub’ that will allow participants throughout Europe to collaboratively build and develop an in-depth understanding of the waste industry, its markets and waste flows for challenging waste streams. This will enable participating enforcement agencies, with varied remits, to share and evaluate information and so identify areas of vulnerability which could be subject to criminal activities.

The Hub will establish online communities of interest that identify and develop prevention and intervention responses to waste crime in a secure, virtual environment that transcends traditional boundaries and borders. Participants will be given the freedom to engage in open debate via the Hub and will be encouraged to act as a single analytical team contributing to the production of strategic waste crime information products.

To promote the desired levels of collaboration, the Hub will provide an online toolkit and such useful features as: a waste wiki; e-workshop facilities; instant messaging; and web-conferencing functions.

The hub has been designed and procurement is underway. We will commence the internal deployment of the system in early 2016 as a precursor to an extensive phase of testing and customisation by project partners.

 

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