In January 2022, Jo Churchill, the Recycling Minister, has announced plans to crack down on the waste industry, believing that it needs reform.



Disruptor tech to clean up the waste industry


In January 2022, Jo Churchill, the Recycling Minister, has announced plans to crack down on the waste industry, believing that it needs reform.

The waste industry regulator, the Environment Agency, has had a lot of bad press in recent times, with stories of waste crime in the UK being ‘overlooked’. Staff within the agency are feeling that the EA is not doing enough to prosecute those who are causing the problem.

Jo Churchill herself said “Waste criminals show complete disregard for our communities, the environment and the taxpayer”

“But there is more to do. Reforming the licensing system will clamp down on abuse of the system and new mandatory digital waste tracking will greatly improve transparency in the sector and make it easier for householders to check that their waste is being disposed of legally.”

AnyWaste.Com, a new disruptor tech, has come to the rescue. Already ahead of the game in digital waste tracking, AnyWaste has created a first of its kind platform. will have a positive impact on the environment by simplifying licensed waste collection, whilst reducing waste and waste crime. Once fully operational in April 2022, AnyWaste.Com will enable customers to book waste collections directly, with full transparency about how their waste is recycled.

AnyWaste.Com also allows waste management businesses to run their business online and demonstrate their environmental compliance without the need for paperwork. Up and coming waste companies looking for a digital platform to run their business operations are expected to be early adopters of the new platform.

Explaining the scale of the global waste problem, AnyWaste.Com’s Founder and CEO, Damian Lambkin said: “Over two billion tonnes of municipal solid waste is produced globally every year, enough to fill over 800,000 Olympic sized swimming pools. Only 16% is recycled and 46% is disposed of unsustainably. And it is a problem that is set to grow by 70% by 2050. Solid waste management creates up to 5% of greenhouse gasses globally, which contributes to climate change. Waste crime is also on the rise. These are all issues that AnyWaste.Com will help to address.”

The business, which has been self-funded by its founders up to this point, is seeking £1.65m seed funding for the expansion of the business. It has successfully been granted the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS).

Damian Lambkin has been running companies in the waste and recycling sectors for 20 years. He said: “Our aim is to make AnyWaste.Com available globally. The potential market is huge. The UK has over 3,000 registered waste companies, and the US has over 10,000. On top of that, both countries have a great number of carriers of waste and brokers.”

“We also want to help waste companies that have been wrongfully accused of waste crime, This is often a double-edged sword with EPA’s frequently looking for an issue that isn’t there and the smaller waste companies often suffer from this financially. Being able to offer a solution that allows the EPA’s to have full audit trails of entire waste booking processes, track vehicles and exports will greatly help reduce issues like this, whilst also bringing the true waste criminals to justice. The system will also reduce the administrative burden for waste companies by helping them complete their statutory required waste returns, much like with accounting software it will allow for changes to be made for corrections but will also show this to the regulators to be open and transparent”.