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The project LIFE SMART Waste (Smarter Regulation of Waste in Europe) is an innovative pan-European partnership between key bodies involved with addressing waste crime.

The project is funded under the LIFE+ programme and it runs from June 2014 until May 2019.


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The goal of the LIFE SMART Waste project goal is to demonstrate innovative ways of understanding, tackling and reducing waste-related crime.

LIFE SMART Waste will:

  • Develop innovative intelligence gathering and analytical approaches to identify and understand significant waste crime issues (current and future) associated with “challenging” waste streams, problem waste operators and illegal waste activities;
  • Target the environmental, social and economic problems created by waste crime;
  • Analyse and report on the difficulties that enforcement agencies face in identifying, understanding and tackling waste crime;
  • Develop new and innovative ways of working to ultimately reduce the impact of waste crime in European states.
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The project will develop, test and apply new and modern ways of working, and demonstrate direct interventions to assess and target illegality in waste streams.

The innovative aspect lies in the “collaborative approach”, where environmental bodies set intelligence and investigatory objectives using common tools around shared areas of concern, then together identify and tackle illegality.

For certain interventions, collaborations are likely to involve non-environmental bodies, such as the police, customs or financial authorities.


The coordinator of this project is the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. It also includes the following partners:

  • ACR+
  • Brussels Environment*
  • Natural Resources Wales

    * ACR+ member

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