The Environment Agency has stepped up efforts to tackle waste crime using a new DNA Spray and a four-legged recruit.
Ronnie the DNA dog is specially trained to trace baled illegal waste or loose items of illegally dumped waste sprayed with SelectaDNA, a unique forensic marking solution that harnesses the encoding power of DNA, enabling users to mark and identify items of property and criminals.
SelectaDNA Spray is already well used by enforcement agencies such as the police, but this is the first time the Environment Agency has used the tool.
This proactive step is part of the regulator’s bid to reduce levels of waste crime across the country. Illegal dumping not only blights local communities but also harms the environment and undermines legitimate businesses.
Gill Clayton, from the Environment Agency’s Disruption and Prevention Team explained: “The Environment Agency is continually looking for new and innovative ways to disrupt criminal activities and SelectaDNA allows us to do just that. Where we find baled waste being stored illegally, Environment Agency officers will spray that waste with SelectaDNA, and will be able to then follow that waste on any illegal journeys.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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