The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs addressed delegates at the Tory conference held in Manchester this week.
Among her messages was Defra’s position on waste crime.
She said: “We will crack down on waste cowboys through on the spot fines, enabling law-abiding businesses to thrive.”
Liz Truss – “We will crack down on waste cowboys through on the spot fines, enabling law-abiding businesses to thrive”
Waste crime affects communities, harms the environment and diverts up to £1bn each year from legitimate businesses and HM Treasury, according to Environment Agency figures.
Fourteen people were recently arrested across the North East and Yorkshire in September as part of an investigation into a suspected £78m landfill tax fraud.
Speaking during a fringe session this week, the Defra Minister for Resources, Rory Stewart, again pushed the need for more “consistent” recycling collections across the country.
It’s a message the minister has raised before, most recently at the RWM with CIWM event in September.
He said he would like to see councils limited to “five or six” types of collection system within five to ten years.