Evidence gathered shows that the existing carrier, broker and dealer (CBD) regime does not function effectively and is also being misused. The research estimated that nearly two-thirds (63%) of businesses, 238,741 individuals or organisations in England, that are offering to handle waste when advertising their services appear to be unregistered. Evasion rates for comparative sectors, including some that require similar forms of formal registration, usually fall between 1% and 8% (such as TV licences, car tax evasion, and gas safety).
The research revealed for the first time strong evidence that a significant challenge within the sector could be connected organised networks of unregistered waste carriers across the UK, as opposed to one-man operators.
The research examined who was advertising waste collection services online in ten UK areas and compared over 4,700 business names to entries in the carrier, broker and dealer (CBD) registration system which determines who can legally move waste. The research also sought the views of an expert panel of stakeholders from academia, the waste industry, and former Government and regulatory officials.
The report was conducted by Air & Space Evidence and EPR. 88 pages. PDF.Download