An overview of waste crime, its characteristics, and the vulnerability of the EU waste sector

J. Baird, R. Curry, P. Cruz

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    Abstract

    While waste is increasingly viewed as a resource to be globally traded, increased regulatory control on waste across Europe has created the conditions where waste crime now operates alongside a legitimate waste sector. Waste crime,is an environmental crime and a form of white-collar crime, which exploits the physical characteristics of waste, the complexity of the collection and downstream infrastructure, and the market opportunities for profit. This paper highlights some of the factors which make the waste sector vulnerable to waste crime. These factors include new legislation and its weak regulatory enforcement, the economics of waste treatment, where legal and safe treatment of waste can be more expensive than illegal operations, the complexity of the waste sector and the different actors who can have some involvement, directly or indirectly, in the movement of illegal wastes, and finally that waste can be hidden or disguised and creates an opportunity for illegal businesses to operate alongside legitimate waste operators.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)97-105
    Number of pages9
    JournalWaste Management and Research
    Volume32
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014

    Keywords

    • waste sector
    • EU
    • waste treatment
    • regulation

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