DEFRA is consulting on reducing crime at sites handling waste, and introducing fixed penalties for waste duty of care. Consultation closes 26th March. Changes being considered include enforcing more appropriate competence standards for permitted waste site operators and variations to waste exemptions to prevent them being used to hide illegal activity. The introduction of a fixed penalty for householders failing to pass their waste to authorised waste carriers is also proposed. https://consult.defra.gov.uk/waste/crime-and-poor-performance-in-the-waste-sector/.