In the ongoing battle against untrustworthy waste operators and the rampant issue of illegal waste disposal, local councils are stepping up their efforts to combat this environmental menace.
The latest announcement from the government indicates a significant shift towards more robust regulatory measures, improved waste tracking systems, and heightened scrutiny of waste management firms. And there are several ways in which private investigators will be able to assist.
Cracking Down on Untrustworthy Waste Operators
To ensure that waste ends up where it’s supposed to be, the government has announced major plans as part of its overhaul of the whole waste system. Alongside streamlined, improved recycling options for the general public, the government is implementing plans to crack down on untrustworthy waste operators. This crackdown is supported by several key measures, including:
1. Enhanced Background Checks: Councils will be increasing background checks for companies involved in the transportation and trading of waste. These stricter checks aim to create a more challenging environment for rogue waste operators to secure work, making it easier for regulators to identify and take action against criminal operators.
2. Overhauling Waste Tracking: Another pivotal aspect of this initiative is the overhaul of the waste tracking system. This update includes a new, advanced system for digital waste tracking that will record information from the point it’s produced all the way to its final disposal. This system promises to provide regulators with the evidence they need to hold waste criminals accountable.
The Role of Private Investigators
Private investigators are one of the most valuable assets in the fight against fly tippers and other waste-related criminals. They bring essential skills and expertise to the table, including:
1. Surveillance and Evidence Gathering: Private investigators have experience in covert surveillance, allowing them to monitor high-risk areas and potential dumping sites. They can gather substantial evidence to identify and apprehend illegal dumpers.
2. Investigative Expertise: Private investigators understand the legal and procedural aspects involved in waste crime investigations. They know what they need to record, and the legalities of how to do so, to make sure it can be used as evidence without concern.
3. Preventative Measures: Beyond solving cases, private investigators can work with councils to develop preventative strategies. They help identify weak points in the waste disposal system and can assist in implementing safeguards to deter potential offenders.
The new changes from the government are very much welcomed, and when they come into use (expected to be by the end of 2026), private investigators will continue to play a pivotal role in ending the fly tipping menace and helping to clean up the streets of the UK.
Call EJM Investigations for Expert Assistance
EJM Investigations has extensive experience in helping councils with fly tipping problems. While the government’s plans will help to stop fly tipping, it won’t be the only solution, and there will be fly tippers that need to be dealt with in the interim too.
So call us on 01772 334700 if you’re a council in need of fly tipping assistance, or you have any jobs that we might be able to lend a helping hand on.