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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 an increase in incidents of criminals using warehouses and farm buildings to illegally dispose of massive quantities of waste materials is being seen. This can result in environmental damage, social disruption and significant cost to our economy. The Crimestoppers campaign will raise awareness of the issue in Scotland via social and traditional media, calling upon industry and the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious or unusual behaviour.

LIFE SMART Waste project selected the illegal warehousing of waste to test a collaborative approach to designing and implementing waste crime interventions. As a result of the collaboration, three interventions to reduce the incidence of warehousing in waste crime are planned, commencing with this communications intervention. As part of the communications initiative, key professional and representative bodies to alert landlords, property owners and businesses to their obligations and responsibilities relating to waste warehousing and storage have been engaged. Land and property owners have a responsibility to ensure anyone leasing their land or property complies with existing regulations. They may be committing an offence by allowing waste to be stored without the relevant permissions and could leave themselves liable to prosecution.

For further information about the campaign, visit the Crimestoppers website.

More information: www.sepa.org.uk

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