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Fly-Tipping

Volume 401: debated on Thursday 20 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) individuals and (b) businesses have been successfully prosecuted for incidences of fly-tipping in each year since 1992; and what fines have been levied as a result. [99270]

Both local authorities and the Environment Agency have the powers to prosecute for fly-tipping offences. There is no central register of this information for local authorities. The Environment Agency has collected the requested data since January 2002.Prosecution data for the 1999, 2000 and 2001 calendar years are available, but relate to the number of offenders prosecuted for the offence of unlawfully depositing waste as described by section 33(1)

(a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Similarly, prosecution data for the 1996–97, 1997–98 and 1998–99 financial years are available, but only relate to section 33 offences generally. The Agency is unable to provide prosecution data for 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95 and 1995–96.

Data are provided on this basis.

Offences for breach of all of section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

  • 1996–97—41
  • 1997–98—345
  • 1998–99—367

All offences under s33(1) (a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

  • 1999—141
  • 117 individuals—total fines: 63,470
  • 24 businesses—total fines: 115,071
  • 2000—206
  • 170 individuals—total fines: 156,255;
  • 36 businesses—total fines: 425,800
  • 2001—225
  • 187 individuals—total fines: 158,857;
  • 38 businesses—total fines: 144,050

Offences under s33(1) (a)—fly-tipping only

  • 2002—70
  • 59 individuals—total fines: 51,100;
  • 11 businesses—total fines: 26,200
  • 2003 to date—7
  • 4 individuals—total fines: 950;
  • 3 businesses—total fines: 9,200

The Government are currently discussing with the Environment Agency the potential for setting up a national recording system for fly tipping, which would record this type of data from both the Agency and local authorities in England.