Press release: 27 illegal waste sites uncovered by Environment Agency and HMRC sting

first_img We will be following up on every single site where we’ve found illegal activity so we can put a stop to activities that blight our neighbourhoods, our environment and our economy. Working closely with HMRC to investigate these reports from local communities has helped us strengthen our working relationship, identify sites of interest, and prevent and disrupt crime that puts people, wildlife and legitimate businesses at risk. We take waste crime extremely seriously, and formal investigations into these sites are now underway. We rely on intelligence from local communities to put a stop to waste crime, so if you have information about suspicious activity, report it to us by calling 0800 80 70 60. The largest one-day sting ever carried out by the Environment Agency and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has confirmed illegal activity at more than 2 dozen waste sites across Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Leicestershire.Officers found 4 sites where waste had been burnt illegally, a further 4 which were actively and illegally treating and transferring waste, and a number containing construction and demolition waste, vehicle parts and household waste.Among the rubbish, officers observed shredded plastics, soil, rubble, scrap metal, tyres, pallets – and, at one site, a number of discarded toilets.Some of the sites contained overflowing skips and more than 5,000 tonnes of waste being stored illegally.A total of 54 sites were visited by officers; of them, half were found to be operating within the law. Those that weren’t will receive written guidance from the Environment Agency clarifying the steps they must take, and follow-up visits will be arranged to make sure the site operators comply.Pete Stark, Environment Agency Enforcement team leader, said: Evidence gathered from the visits will be used against those breaking the law. Further enforcement action could include work with local authorities, the police, and HMRC to prevent and disrupt crime, the serving of notices to have waste removed from land, and prosecution of offenders.If convicted of illegal waste activity, offenders face unlimited fines and up to 5 years in prison.Earlier this year EA officers in Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire visited nearly 30 sites in a single day – uncovering illegal activity at 11. Across both counties, more than two dozen cases are currently under formal investigation.More information on the requirements for disposing of business or commercial waste can be found on gov.uk.Illegal waste activity is estimated to have cost more than £600m in 2015 in England alone.However, over recent years, the Environment Agency has made great strides in tackling waste crime; more than 5,400 were stopped between 2011 and 2017 and an average of two sites are shut down every day.last_img read more

Relive [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits’ Highly Anticipated Debut At Brooklyn Comes Alive 2016 [Video/Full Audio]

first_imgLast year, Brooklyn Comes Alive brought more than fifty musicians together in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for a massive day of music, with twenty individual sets spread across three different venues featuring never-before-seen collaborations between some of the most talented artists in the scene. One of the most buzzed-about sets from the festival was the debut of [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits, a new supergroup concept consisting of Break Science‘s Borahm Lee and Adam Deitch and The Disco Biscuits‘ Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner.Since their debut last fall at BCA, [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits has had a number of encore performances—including a three-night run at Brooklyn Bowl in May—to satisfy the demands of fans who have been rabid to see the all-star group’s return. [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits more or less functions as a happy synthesis of parent bands, Break Science and the Disco Biscuits. Less clinically exacting than Break Science though certainly not as freeform as the Disco Biscuits, the group has found a happy medium offering their own tight renditions of some of downtempo electronic and trip-hop’s most classic tunes, laying out their own soaring performances of well-loved electronic compositions on the fly without the assistance of backing tracks.As Marc Brownstein told Live For Live Music ahead of the project’s debut last year, “I could not believe how excited people were for Breaking Biscuits. Part of that is [Adam] Deitch and Borahm [Lee]—everyone loves them. . . . I’m really excited about it. It’s gonna be the bomb. Deitch is the best. You know anytime you’re playing with Deitch, whatever it is, it’s gonna be great. With those dudes, it’s like butter.”The performance lived up to the lofty expectations, as [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits drew one of the largest crowds of the day to Music Hall of Williamsburg for the high-energy set. Thanks to YouTube user LazyLightning55a, you can enjoy this video of the supergroup performing The Orb‘s 1991 tune, “Little Fluffy Clouds”.You can also listen to their full set from last year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive below, courtesy of Moricle.Setlist: Breaking Biscuits | Brooklyn Comes Alive | Music Hall of Williamsburg | New York, NY | 10/22/2016Set: Robot Rock [Daft Punk], La Femme D’argent [Air], Stage Banter, Building Steam with a Grain of Salt [DJ Shadow], Rolf Royce [Tosca], Stage Banter, Little Fluffy Clouds [The Orb], The Horror [RJD2] The 2017 Brooklyn Comes Alive lineup features members of Umphrey’s McGee, moe., The Disco Biscuits, The String Cheese Incident, Trey Anastasio Band, and so many more. Iconic legends, such as John Scofield, George Porter Jr., Cyril Neville, DJ Premier, Johnny Vidacovich, and Henry Butler, will join members of nationally touring bands, such as GRAMMY-winners Snarky Puppy, The Meters, Primus, Soulive, Lettuce, The Motet, Lotus, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters,Yonder Mountain String Band, The Russ Liquid Test, SunSquabi, Pendulum, Destroid, The Crystal Method, Midnight North, Aqueous, Kung Fu, Electric Beethoven, and more. Check out the full lineup of artists below, and stay tuned for upcoming announcements about bands, supergroup formations, and special tribute sets.***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***Each ticket grants attendees in-and-out access to all three venues, creating the feeling of an indoor music festival all within the heart of Williamsburg. In true Brooklyn Comes Alive-fashion, a brunch set will kick off the music each day, and performances will continue into the early hours of the morning with special late-night performances.To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.last_img read more