Waste Disposal: Licensing

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered at on 21 June 2023.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to prevent unlicensed waste disposal companies using social media to advertise their services.

Photo of Rebecca Pow Rebecca Pow The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government recently consulted on reform of the waste carrier, broker, dealer regime in which we asked whether permit numbers should be required to be shown in advertising and also on vehicles that collect and transport waste. The government response to the consultation will be published soon. In addition to this, between April 2022 and March 2023 the Environment Agency via the Governments joint unit for waste crime, undertook a project to look at the use of social media and other digital platforms by individuals or companies operating illegal waste businesses over the internet. This project is now being adopted longer term and a specific officer to target this is being recruited.

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