LIFE SMART Waste - Smarter Regulation of Waste in Europe

LIFE SMART Waste - Smarter Regulation of Waste in Europe

The overarching goal of the LIFE SMART Waste project goal is to demonstrate innovative ways of understanding, tackling and reducing waste-related crime. 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.

Specific objectives are:

  • To develop and demonstrate innovative intelligence gathering and analytical approaches to identify and understand waste crime issues associated with ‘challenging’ waste streams, problem waste operators and illegal waste activities;
  • To design innovative intelligence-led interventions, and demonstrate how these can be used to tackle waste crime issues and reduce their impacts in targeted areas; and
  • To communicate the project results and learning to others, selling the benefits of the approach in tackling waste crime, and to influence European policy and legislative changes.

Expected results:

  • New practices and technologies tested and available for use by interested enforcement agencies in Europe, with six or more environment or enforcement agencies (not participating in the project) adopting a product in their environmental crime work;
  • An intelligence-sharing facility available for use by interested enforcement agencies with three or more agencies (not participating in the project) using the intelligence hub beyond the life of the project;
  • Coalitions, resource and information sharing between regulatory or enforcement bodies, with at least four agency partnerships sustained or created after the project is finished;
  • Reports to relevant EU bodies recommending policy or legislative interventions to disrupt or mitigate illegal behaviours in certain waste markets, with one short-term and one longer-term policy or legislative change recommendation adopted, and one domestic policy change intervention adopted in a Member State;
  • Case studies detailing the application of smart, intelligence-led regulation and its benefits, including awareness-raising activities; 
  • Training packages and courses for enforcement organisations involved with the environment and/or waste management markets, with six agencies (not participating in the project) adopting intelligence-led and/or novel tools as a result of the project’s learning and dissemination activity; and
  • Illegal waste practise interventions applied within Member States to disrupt or mitigate illegal behaviours, with at least three illegal operations detected and disrupted during the lifetime of the project and a minimum of €0.5 million saved by stopping criminal activity.

Contact person: Catherine Preston
Tel: 441786452423

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