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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.


  • LIFE SMART Waste visited Rome at the invitation of INTERPOL's Pollution Crime Working Group (PCWG) to present an overview of a new financial screening tool that is being developed by the project to help environmental regulators to take a proactive approach to financial investigations relating to waste crime.
  • The External Steering Group (ESG) for the LIFE SMART Waste has recently been expanded with new members to provide the project with a broader range of expertise and experience of tackling waste crime in Europe. The newly-enhanced ESG assembled in Glasgow on 1 March 2017 to review the progress being made on a range of project products in development and to participate in related workshops. The workshops focused on: a Financial Investigations toolkit proposal; a draft Interventions Design Manual; the communications ‘Hub’ pilot; and the project’s engagement with EU policy makers and legislators.
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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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