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Waste Management: Litter

Volume 688: debated on Monday 15 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many individuals and businesses have been prosecuted for fly-tipping, dropping litter and similar offences in the last five years; how many have been found guilty; and what levels of fines or other sentences have been imposed.[HL896]

Tables showing the information requested are provided below.

Number of persons proceeded against at magistrates' courts, found guilty and sentenced at all courts for certain offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, Sections 33 and 34

Offence description

Principal statute

Year

 

Total proceeded against

Found guilty

Total for sentence

Contravening conditions of a waste management licence 

Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 33 (6)

2001

 

147

109

109

2002

 

172

121

119

2003

(2)

147

101

102

2004

 

256

185

185

2005

 

315

233

232

Depositing, causing the deposition or permitting the deposition, treating, keeping or disposing of controlled (but not special) in or on land without a licence

Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 33 (8)

2001

 

127

107

106

2002

 

178

148

150

2003

(2)

178

139

139

2004

 

184

137

136

2005

 

254

209

208

Depositing, causing the deposition or permitting the deposition of controlled special waste in or on land without a licence 

Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 33 (9)

2001

 

22

17

18

2002

 

21

20

20

2003

(2)

25

27

27

2004

 

37

27

27

2005

 

69

56

56

Handling, controlling or transferring controlled waste without taking reasonable measures. Failing to comply with the Secretary of State’s requirements.

Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 34

2001

 

129

96

96

2002

 

149

107

107

2003

(2)

157

111

111

2004

 

235

159

159

2005

 

310

186

186

Depositing litter 

Environmental Protection Act 1990 S.87

2001

 

363

271

271

2002

 

280

215

215

2003

 

441

325

325

2004

 

812

586

586

2005

 

1,368

971

971

Sentence breakdown 

Principal statute

Year

Absolute discharge

Conditional discharge

Fine

Average fine (£'s)

Community sentences

Fully suspended sentence

Immediate custody

Otherwise dealt with

Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 33 (6)

2001

2

12

92

883

2

-

-

1

2002

4

25

79

1,024

9

-

-

2

2003

-

13

84

1,026

2

1

1

1

2004

-

27

145

722

10

-

2

1

2005

1

26

182

968

17

-

1

5

Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 33 (8)

2001

1

12

83

914

6

-

4

-

2002

-

22

113

620

11

-

3

1

2003

1

23

107

820

3

1

4

-

2004

2

22

96

1,086

12

-

-

4

2005

1

29

168

1,481

7

-

1

2

Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 33 (9)

2001

-

2

11

905

3

-

2

-

2002

1

6

13

1,477

-

-

-

-

2003

-

2

22

3,425

2

-

1

-

2004

-

2

24

847

1

-

-

-

2005

-

9

44

944

2

1

-

-

Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 34

2001

-

19

77

238

-

-

-

-

2002

2

27

78

327

-

-

-

-

2003

-

16

94

354

-

-

-

1

2004

1

31

124

359

1

-

-

2

2005

6

30

148

402

-

-

-

2

Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 87

2001

8

20

241

86

1

-

-

1

2002

14

13

184

69

1

-

-

3

2003

13

21

286

114

2

-

-

3

2004

10

23

545

101

3

-

-

5

2005

18

23

926

102

1

-

-

3

(1) These data are provided on a principal offence basis.

(2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by police forces and courts. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Source: Criminal Justice Systems Analysis, RDS - OCJR.

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Number of other defendants(1) proceeded against at magistrates' courts, found guilty and sentenced at all courts for certain offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, Sections 33 and 34

Offence description

Principal statute

Year

Total proceeded against

Found guilty

Total for sentence

Contravening conditions of a waste management licence

Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 33 (6)

2001

194

138

138

2002

240

170

168

2003

202

138

139

2004

311

215

215

2005

414

283

281

Depositing, causing the deposition or permitting the deposition, treating, keeping or disposing of controlled (but not special) in or on land without a licence

Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 33 (8) 

2001

146

124

123

2002

216

177

179

2003

200

158

158

2004

222

164

163

2005

296

245

244

Depositing, causing the deposition or permitting the deposition of controlled special waste in or on land without a licence 

Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 33 (9)

2001

30

24

25

2002

30

26

27

2003

33

34

34

2004

56

39

39

2005

86

67

67

Handling, controlling or transferring controlled waste without taking reasonable measures. Failing to comply with the Secretary of State’s requirements.

Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 34

 

 

 

2001

171

123

123

2002

196

147

148

2003

224

151

151

2004

319

207

208

2005

412

262

262

Depositing litter

Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 87

2001

403

299

299

2002

295

227

227

2003

454

332

332

2004

826

592

592

2005

1,405

985

985

Sentence breakdown  

Principal statute

Year

Absolute discharge

Conditional discharge

Fine

Average fine (£'s)

Community sentences

Fully suspended sentence

Immediate custody

Otherwise dealt with

Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 33 (6)

2001

2

12

121

3,581

2

-

-

1

2002

4

27

125

4,121

9

-

-

3

2003

-

14

120

4,124

2

1

1

1

2004

-

28

174

4,548

10

-

2

1

2005

2

27

229

2,741

17

-

1

5

Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 33 (8) 

2001

1

13

99

3,278

6

-

4

-

2002

-

22

141

4,017

11

-

3

2

2003

1

24

125

3,503

3

1

4

-

2004

2

23

122

3,283

12

-

-

4

2005

1

29

204

4,726

7

-

1

2

Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 33 (9)

2001

-

3

16

2,860

3

-

2

1

2002

1

6

20

7,357

-

-

-

-

2003

-

2

29

9,050

2

-

1

-

2004

-

2

36

4,902

1

-

-

-

2005

-

9

55

6,634

2

1

-

-

Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 34

 

 

 

2001

-

20

103

1,555

-

-

-

-

2002

2

28

118

1,395

-

-

-

-

2003

-

20

130

849

-

-

-

1

2004

2

35

168

2,393

1

-

-

2

2005

8

35

217

791

-

-

-

2

Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 87

2001

8

21

267

217

1

-

-

2

2002

14

14

195

241

1

-

-

3

2003

14

21

292

304

2

-

-

3

2004

10

23

551

242

3

-

-

5

2005

18

23

940

521

1

-

-

3

(1) Includes companies etc.

(2) These data are provided on a principal offence basis.

(3) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by police forces and courts. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Source: Criminal Justice Systems Analysis, RDS - OCJR.

IOS: 002-07

Background Note

1. The information in the tables is taken from the Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform and gives the number of persons and companies proceeded against at magistrates courts, found guilty at all courts and sentence breakdowns, including average fine amounts, for selected offences related to fly-tipping and littering in England from 2001 to 2005.

2. The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

3. These data are a further breakdown of that published in the Criminal Statistics, Supplementary Volumes for England and Wales for the years 2001-2005.