5 December 2018
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.
The Waste Crime Indicators Toolkit was developed by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in consultation with Natural Resources Wales to help environmental regulators - or equivalent Member State bodies - to:
- Identify sites which may require investigation to determine if they are involved in waste crime;
- Build evidence to support investigations into sites already suspected of involvement in waste crime;
- Target environment agency resources by supporting site inspection programmes and prioritising sites;
- Support decision-making on site investigations (used in conjunction with regulatory knowledge).
It is envisaged that the Toolkit will be used by practioners with responsibility for data analysis, monitoring waste management sites, enforcement and intelligence functions.
The newly-developed Toolkit provides four easy-to-use indicator methods for analysing data and includes a strategy for using the indicators. The indicators use core information typically collected by environment agencies from waste management operators. Significantly, the indicators are transferable to environment agency data across Europe and are adaptable as they can be applied to a wide range of potential waste crime enquiries. The four methods are supported by case studies which demonstrate how to use the indicators.
An invitation to pilot the Waste Crime Indicators Toolkit
As part of the development process, SEPA has undertaken initial testing of the Toolkit and there are now plans to further test and pilot the Toolkit in other EU Member States during early 2019. If you would be interested in helping to pilot the Toolkit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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