UK Environment Agency Chief Sir James Bevan said ‘waste crime’ is the largest crime than drugs in the United Kingdom of this year.
“Waste is the new narcotics. It feels to me like drugs felt in the 1980s: the system hadn’t quite woken up to the enormity of what was going on and was racing to catch up,” he said.
Illegal waste activity costs the country about £1bn yearly. About 1,000 illegal waste sites have been uncovered the previous year, more than the previous two years in total with about 662 active by the end of March 2016.
Organised gangs and shady corporations are part of the dumping of illegal household and industrial wastes in different areas. This had led to massive frauds in recycling feels and landfill tax.
The Environment Agency’s actions had helped to close more than 1,000 sites it had found with fines and prosecutions against property owners.
“When you have an illegal waste site, it will look horrible, it will smell, be noisy and there are constantly fires.
“With drugs it took a while for the system to catch up and realise the damage drugs were doing. We are clear now about the damage waste crime does to communities and to the economy,” he said.
“The strategy is to work with the good guys and really nail the bad guys. “We are both finding more [illegal sites] and nailing more. As the statistics show we haven’t cracked it yet and it will be a long grind, but we are making progress.”
Banking on the country’s imagination and amazement of its athletes’ performance during the World Olympics after Team GB successfully led the world, about 2,600 sporting events intended to encourage people to get out of their homes and engage in physical activities was the focus of I Am Team GB.
The campaign begun during the London 2012 Olympics where it was met with lacklustre acceptance despite the amazing achievement of Team GB during the time.
Several Olympians and enthusiasts opened their backyard to young and old people interested in the sport.
The Olympian Greg Rutherford opened his back garden, complete with long jump, to young people in Woburn Sands, near Milton Keynes. “It’s an interesting concept, come to my back garden and jump into the pit that I train on for the world championships, Olympics and everything else,” he said.
Nicole Sherapin, from Stratford, took her two children to the event. “I watched the Olympics every time it was on. It’s great that Team GB came second in the medal table, so when I saw this on the TV this morning I thought I’d bring the kids here because they’re really into sport and it’s something fun to do with it being the school holidays. They’ve tried the bikes, badminton, table tennis. I want my youngest to have a go at handball because it’s an alternative to football.”
In Reading, the Olympic rowing champion Helen Glover was offering advice to people who wanted to try out the sport. “There’ll be some challenges on the rowing machine. I think we’ll try to get some boats out if anyone wants to have a go at rowing. It’s really good that we’re challenging ideas and trying new things, it’s the first time ever a TV channel has been switched off to encourage people to leave the house and I think it’s amazing.”