The DOTCOM Waste Project recently hosted a 4-day workshop in Rome, Italy, on how to better prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute waste trafficking. It brought together stakeholders directly involved in the fight against cross-boarder waste crime, from all stages of the enforcement cycle, to participate in a mixture of lectures, practical case studies, open sessions and a study visit. Topics covered included the legislative landscape, waste classification and problematic waste streams, illegal shipments, intelligence-led investigations, inspection and detection, next generation compliance, investigation, prosecution, sentencing and interagency collaboration and networking.
As part of the training, the group visited the Port of Civitavecchia, where the Italian Customs Agency gave a tour of the Port and showed the process in opening a suspicious container.
Overall the event was a huge success, not just from a training perspective, but also to promote networking and information between the different stakeholders.
Pictured: participants and trainers from Rome event
Pictured: Howard McCann, Nancy Isarin and Huib van Westen, trainers at the Rome event