By Alex Kapadia
Tougher new environmental laws and regulations introduced to help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills has led to bogus UK recycling firms illegally dumping tyres.
Many of the fake companies offer businesses a cheap way to get rid of their waste tyres, only to turn round and dump it illegally, even on developing nations who have no means to handle to dispose of it.
The problem stems from the introduction of the European directives which each member nation has been set to reduce landfill and increase recycling rates, according to a report on the Recycle.co.uk website.
The tyre recovering industry has been ripe for conmen to exploit and it has been been plagued with these types of scams, as tyres have long been one of the most difficult items to dispose of properly.
Recycle.co.uk claims that even though the tyre recovery industry posted strong numbers in 2009 there is still widespread illegal dumping of tyres in an effort to skirt the regulations.
There have been widespread reports of not just small operations but even large franchises that are taking used tyres from tyre dealers but then failing to fulfill their obligations to dispose of them properly.
The Environment Agency estimates that roughly two million three hundred thousand pounds are spent each year on investigations and cleanup of illegal tyre dumping scams.