Researchers scoop CIWM award

03 October 2014

Researchers scoop CIWM award

GCU researchers scoop CIWM award

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management has awarded Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) researchers from the School of Engineering and Built Environment with the James Jackson Award for the best formal written paper. 

The research is presented in the Waste Management and Research journal and details ‘An Overview of Waste Crime, its characteristics, and the vulnerability of the EU waste sector’.

The research formed evidence for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), which received funding from the European Commission under the LIFE+ programme, the European Union's environment fund to understand, tackle and reduce waste crime.

Written by Professor Jim Baird and Paulo Cruz from GCU, the research highlights a growth in white-collar waste crime as the EU has adopted tighter controls on the collection, storage, transport, treatment, and disposal of waste.

In addition there is an increasing complexity to the waste disposal sector, in which it is difficult to identify who is operating illegally, and there is an ability to disguise or hide waste.

Waste crime largely remains unreported, but where regulatory inspections have been made, the extent of waste crime has been significant.

Waste has become a global commod­ity and studies have shown that the asymmetries in pricing and regulatory controls, in particular in relation to the EU and devel­oping countries create the conditions for waste crime to occur.

With economic pressures to procure the cheapest waste service, conditions for ille­gal operators are encouraged to flourish.

Researchers have suggested approaches to identify where waste crime has the opportunity to occur, supported by well-framed legislation and the provision of adequate resources on the part of the regulator to detect and prevent waste crime.

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