Waste crime poses a serious threat to the environment, contaminating land and rivers with oil and toxic chemicals.
Illegal waste sites can also pose a risk to human health and blight communities, threatening air quality with toxic fumes from illegally burnt materials and by causing noise and odour problems from operations near homes and schools.
The people operating these illegal sites are also undercutting legitimate busniesses and undermine the industry.
The Environment Agency works with the police and other enforcement agencies to put waste criminals out of business and take back the profits of their crimes.
This film gives more information about our work to crack down on waste criminals.