About us

WasteForce is the project acronym for Deterring and disrupting illegal trade and management of Waste by developing Tools for Enforcement, Forensics and Capacity Building. WasteForce has ran for two years, terminating in May 2021.

Illegal management and trade of waste causes significant damage to the environment, undermines the health of millions of people, and distorts fair competition. It can result in loss of income to authorities, while providing significant financial gain for those illicitly involved. Despite strong efforts to better detect and investigate waste crimes, it remains quite challenging to carry out proper investigations and prosecutions. There is a need for more harmonised prosecutions strategies, increased national capacities, and enhanced international operational collaboration.

The WasteForce project aimed at boosting the operational activities and capacities of authorities involved in the fight against illegal trade and management of waste through: 

1.   development of new practical tools and methodologies;

2.   implementation of multi-stakeholder capacity building activities;

3.   support of operational networking among practitioners in Europe and with their counterparts in the Asia- Pacific region, one of the main regions of destination of illicit waste shipments.

To achieve these objectives, the project provided beneficiaries with hands-on up-to-date instruments, including strategic information sharing tools and methodologies, and forensics tools, to facilitate their everyday work in detecting illegal trade and management of waste. Building on those instruments, the project organised multi-disciplinary training sessions and webinars to enhance authorities’ capacities.


Looking at the international routes of transboundary waste shipments, the project sought to enhance international operational networking between Europe and the Asia-Pacific region through information-sharing activities and dedicated training materials. The project contributed to building stronger relationships among key stakeholders in the cross-border waste chain that can continue after the project.

During the Final Conference the outcomes and legacy of the WasteForce project will be presented. There will also be a High level Panel Discussion, Q&A and several break-out and feedback sessions to discuss Waste Crime Costs, Tools and Trends, with speakers and participants from the entire enforcement chain. See for more information the Final Conference Programme.