Serious and organised crime in the waste sector: Call for Evidence

Closed 8 Jul 2018

Opened 10 Jun 2018


The government has announced a review into serious and organised crime in the waste sector in England.

We would like to know more about the threat and impact of serious and organised crime in the waste sector. We would also like to understand how organisations, such as the Environment Agency, police, local authorities and NCA, respond to the threat. This includes:

  • the extent and nature of crimes being committed
  • characteristics of organised crime groups involved
  • examples of environmental, community and economic impacts
  • examples of where response to the threat is working well, or less well
  • views on Environment Agency, police, NCA and local government responses
  • suggested improvements to prevention and law enforcement

We invite organisations and individuals to send in their views and evidence, using the online questionnaire, at the bottom of this page. 

Other ways to respond:


Write to:         

Serious and Organised Waste Crime Review Secretariat, Strategy Unit, Defra, Horizon House, Deanery Road, Bristol, BS1 5AH

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What happens next

This is part of the Serious and Organised Waste Crime review’s evidence gathering phase and will consider topics as laid out in the review’s Terms of Reference (see related documents). This will inform a strategic approach to waste crime, which will be published in the new resources and waste strategy. This strategy is part of the government’s environmental policy following the 25-year plan and the Clean Growth strategy. The review will also help shape future direction of work in this area. 


  • Charities/Voluntary Organisations
  • Environmental campaigners
  • Licensed Gangmasters
  • Government Departments
  • Government Agencies
  • Devolved Administrations
  • Industries and professional services
  • Environmental professional services
  • House Building Industry
  • Local Authorities
  • Non-Household Customers
  • Waste Producers and Handlers
  • Business/Private Sector
  • Policy Teams
  • Transport Organisations
  • Producer Compliance Schemes
  • Waste Management Companies
  • Electrical re-use organisations
  • All Defra staff and ALBs
  • Agricultural Landlords
  • Land Agents
  • Environmental Health Officers
  • Professional and Membership Organisations/Agencies
  • Public Bodies


  • Natural environment
  • Waste and recycling
  • Water quality
  • Air quality
  • Air pollution
  • Chemicals and pesticides
  • Noise
  • Local environments
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Construction
  • DEFRA Policy
  • Policy and Delivery
  • Land management
  • Rural economy and communities
  • Common land