Waste prosecutions under duty of care plummet

EXCLUSIVE: The number of prosecutions for waste duty of care offences fell to 12 in 2017, compared to 93 in 2000, according to data revealed under a Freedom of Information request

Waste dumped at Porthmadog Skip Hire
Many businesses may be unaware of their duty of careĀ 

More than 800 individuals and organisations have been prosecuted for failing to dispose of waste correctly since 2000, but the number of prosecutions has dwindled in recent years, Environment Agency data has revealed.

Duty of care legislation came into force in 1990 and requires anyone dealing with waste to keep it safe and make sure it is dealt with responsibly by only giving it to businesses authorised to take it. It covers anyone who produces, carries, keeps, disposes of, treats or imports waste in England or Wales.

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