Waste crime prosecutions fall in England

The Environment Agency credits falling prosecution numbers to an improved approach to waste crime

The number of successful prosecutions for waste crime in England dropped last year, according to an Environment Agency report.

The regulator won 171 of the cases it took to court in 2012/13 – the lowest number in four years – and succeeded in getting five custodial sentences and 15 suspended sentences handed down to criminals.

These cases also led to £827,940 in total fines, an average of £7,137 per prosecution. The highest was given to Derbyshire-based compost maker Vital Earth GB Ltd, which was fined £75,000 for depositing controlled waste on land without an environmental permit.

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