The following table shows the number of individuals and companies prosecuted in magistrates courts for offences under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (the main offence covering illegal waste disposal) in England in the past three years:
Prosecutions 2003 785 2004 1,066 2005 1,434 Source: Criminal Justice Systems Analysis (2007)
Criminal Justice Systems Analysis (2007)
The number of prosecutions recorded by local authorities in the West Midlands on Flycapture, the national fly-tipping database, is shown in the following table.
Prosecutions 2004-2005 22 2005-2006 36
The Flycapture database, which was set up in 2004 by DEFRA, the Environment Agency and the Local Government Association, records the number of fly-tipping incidents dealt with by the Environment Agency and local authorities and details of enforcement action. Data for 2006-07 have not yet been finalised but will be available in the summer.