A contribution of £50,000 has been made by CIWM towards an initiative to raise business awareness of Duty of Care and reduce waste crime.
It is part of a co-ordinated 12-month campaign, launched by CIWM to support the Right Waste, Right Place campaign second phase that will focus on extending the programme to specific SME sectors.
Matched funds have also been provided by the Environmental Services Association Education Trust. In the first phase, a generic campaign that was targeted at SMEs received £95,000 of funding from Defra. This phase closes in May.
CIWM chief executive Steve Lee (pictured) said: “CIWM believes that a more robust Duty of Care regime is essential for our sector. Improved awareness of the requirements will deliver significant and widespread benefits right across our sector, including reducing the opportunities for waste crime by ensuring that businesses understand their obligations and have the right knowledge to avoid illegal operators.
“The Right Waste, Right Place campaign also complements other initiatives being rolled out, including Defra’s efforts to remind the general public of their responsibilities as part of its ongoing crackdown on ‘waste cowboys’.”