Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

Home Department written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Caroline Spelman Caroline Spelman Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any assessment has been made of the frequency of (a) arson in and (b) theft of household wheeled refuse containers.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Minister of State (Home Office) (Crime and Policing)

Figures from the 2008-09 British Crime Survey show that in 4 per cent. of incidents of other household theft a wheelie bin/dustbin was reported as the item stolen. Information is not available for arson offences.

From the information collected centrally on police recorded crime it is not possible to determine offences involving household wheeled refuse containers.

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