Illegal management and trade of waste causes significant damage to the environment, undermines the health of millions of people, and distorts fair competition. It can result in loss of income to authorities, while providing significant financial gain for those illicitly involved. Despite strong efforts to better detect and investigate waste crimes, it remains quite challenging to carry out proper investigations and prosecutions. There is a need for more harmonised prosecutions strategies, increased national capacities, and enhanced international operational collaboration.
WasteForce is the project acronym for Deterring and disrupting illegal trade and management of Waste by developing Tools for Enforcement, Forensics and Capacity Building. WasteForce wil run for two years, terminating end of 2020.
WasteForce is subdivided into work packages, with differing task leaders, time tables and subjects. They are all aiming towards delivering outputs contributing to and reaching the overall project’s objectives.
View and download the Waste Crime Alert series here.