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Initially, metal thefts were driven down by funded interventions and by the fact that ‘metal prices were crashing all around us’. Now, however, ‘metal prices are on the rise and so...
According to ‘Rethinking Waste Crime’, illegal waste operators blight local communities, damage the environment, harm legitimate businesses and deprive the government of tax revenue. The...
Responding to a government review of the SMDA, the BMRA argues: 'Holders of legitimately-sourced metal who are seeking cash would be greatly deterred if it were also an explicit offence to receive...
The 'foreign waste' smuggling activities of concern to the Chinese authorities cover, for example, industrial, electronic, household and plastic waste. As part of this clampdown, Chinese customs...
Over 50 fire fighters deployed with six fire engines from nearby towns were tackling the flames at the height of the incident. The roof soon collapsed so the fire had to be put out externally...
Eco-Bat and Recylex benefited from a reduction in their fines to, respectively, Euro 32.712 million and Euro 26.739 million for their co-operation with the Commission’s investigation whereas...
Nearly 40 000 end-of-life (ELTs) tyres were dumped – of which 15 000 units were stockpiled in Alloa, another 15 000 in Huntly, some 7000 in Fife, and another 1000 in Dundee. ‘James McHale...
UK government officials have argued that legislation banning cash payments for scrap metal is ‘proving to be effective’. Extensive media coverage, combined with low scrap prices and a ban...
The firm illegally transported more than 8 million beverage cans from the Yukon territories to the province of Alberta and collected refunds on them. The containers were purchased from a Yukon...
US district judge Marvin Garbis added three years of supervised release to the punishment of Jarred Hazelton, who pretended to be working for the Baltimore department of public works and unlawfully...
Police in Fife, Scotland, have reported that 63 batteries were stolen from recycling centres and construction sites in the first two weeks of April, while another investigation is under way to trace...
A police investigation revealed that Matthews plotted together with delivery drivers of Warburtons and Bakers Basco when the two companies launched a recycling scheme for £500-a-tonne plastic...
In India, over 500 000 tonnes of crumb rubber modified bitumen (CRMB) is used annually in road construction. ‘This can at least be doubled in next two to three years,’ Sekhri predicted....
Two brothers and a third man – who fled the scene of the crime and is still missing – planned a bomb at Brussels airport as well as a metro station. There are 32 victims confirmed dead,...
South Africa has certainly not been spared from the blight of scrap metal theft. The nation of more than 54 million inhabitants has been plagued by a crime wave that has attained new heights in...
Security is a top priority when running a business, declare Dennis Bekkema and Luuk Bongers, owners of electronics specialist Holland Recycling. In early February, they moved their operations to a...
Scrap metal theft causes the global recycling industries immense damage. At the same time, more and more companies appear to be achieving success in combatting this scourge. In Germany, for example,...
Operation Cuproso METO 23 began when the French National Gendarmerie learnt of metal thieves reputedly stealing 'significant amounts' of copper from various sites in the south of the country, Europol...
All provincial offices of China's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) have been charged with the responsibility of undertaking spot inspections of scrap plastic users. This also includes...
The EU-funded project Countering WEEE Illegal Trade (CWIT) was undertaken by Interpol, United Nations University, the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, the WEEE Forum...
A nationwide crackdown on copper theft helped to yield a 57% drop in incidents involving railway materials. Infrared camera surveillance, night-time security checks with guard dogs and additional...
Five suspects have been taken into custody on grounds of falsely claiming recycling refunds for countless U-Haul trucks full of beverage bottles and containers, said to be mainly 'imported' from...
During the US Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries' Convention and Expo, held recently in the Canadian city of Vancouver, Recycling International met up with David Loewenthal of URC, a...
Towards the end of a ReCommunity facility shift, a team of employees was sifting through the recyclables gathered that day when one of them discovered the foetus on a conveyor belt and immediately...
Police claim one of them had visited local recycling centres some 176 times since 2008 to sell US$ 61 645 worth of equipment stolen from various Department of Public Works' facilities, while another...
The 66-year-old scrap yard owner was arrested at his Wingate premises in north-east England following a police operation. Undercover officers offered him a batch of copper cable clearly marked as...
Increasingly the work of organised crime, container theft has become a fast-growing problem that is costing the global scrap industry millions of dollars every year. In 2012, the BIR world recycling...
Brown was opening for business on August 15 at his scrap metal facility in Raleigh, North Carolina, when two armed and masked men forced their way into the entrance of the facility. The robbers...
Europe′s environmental regulators are said to be improving year on year at detecting illegal shipments, the IMPEL partners claim. During 2013, inspectors found 35% of shipments to be in...
No less than 20% of all criminal gangs have ties to waste firms, according to SEPA. This illicit network includes some of Scotland′s ′top-tier criminals′, who use violence to secure...

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