Civil sanctions: unfinished business

Implementing civil sanctions, an alternative to pursuing justice through the courts, has been a success. But wider revisions to environmental enforcement have been left hanging. Gareth Simkins investigates

Convenience store chain Costcutter agreed to donate £650,000 to WRAP for breaking packaging waste regulations over 17 years. Photograph: Philafrenzy/Wikimedia CommonsSurveying a dozen Londoners may not produce the most accurate representation of the nation’s views, but on the short way from University College London to Euston station, not a single person understood the phrase “civil sanctions”. A few thought it was a measure taken against foreign leaders.

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