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Scottish waste crime crackdown

26th November 2014

Viridor, Scotland’s leading recycling, resources and waste management partner, today (26th November 2014) backed Scottish Government action to tackle waste crime.

Speaking at the first Environmental Crime Task Force conference in Edinburgh, Mr. Colin Paterson, Scottish Regional Managing Director, Viridor, said:

“Waste crime is a significant and growing problem in Scotland. It is funding organised criminality which causes misery in our communities. More than that, it is damaging our environment, undermining legally-compliant businesses and threatening the multi-million pound investment in green infrastructure Scotland needs.

“Scotland’s modern ‘waste’ and resource sector is professional, tightly regulated and combines world-leading recycling and energy recovery technologies with green jobs for graduates, apprentices and new entrants. It’s right therefore that Scotland has shown real leadership in this area, with a multi-agency approach cracking down on waste criminals.

“That focus has shown impressive early results, piling pressure on illegal operators. Stamping out recycling rogues requires us all to play our part – selecting responsible operators with staff, skills and Scottish infrastructure necessary to transform waste. Put simply, if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

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