Fly Tipping

Justice written question – answered on 12th June 2014.

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Photo of Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson Conservative, South Staffordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how many people were convicted of fly-tipping in South Staffordshire in each year since 2009-10; and how many such people received the maximum allowable sentence;

(2) how many of those convicted of fly-tipping were handed the maximum possible sentence in each year since 2009-10;

(3) how many people were convicted of fly-tipping in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012-13 and (e) 2013-14.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The number of offenders found guilty at all courts of “fly tipping” related offences, in England and Wales, from 2009-10 to 2012-13, and also specifically for South and Central Staffordshire, alongside the number of offenders given the maximum allowable sentence, can be viewed in the table.

Offenders found guilty at all courts for “fly tipping” related offences, South and Central Staffordshire and England and Wales, 2009-10 to 2012-131,2
Offence description   2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
South and Central Staffordshire          
Depositing, causing the deposition or permitting the deposition treating, keeping or disposing of controlled (but not special) waste in or on land without a licence3 Convictions 7 8 10 8
  Maximum sentence10 0 0 0 0
           
Depositing, causing the deposition or permitting the deposition of controlled special waste in or on land without a licence4 Convictions 4 0 2 0
  Maximum sentence11 0 0 0 0
           
Handling, controlling or transferring controlled waste without taking reasonable measures; failure to comply with the requirements of the Secretary of State; failure to take such measures as available to secure transfer of household waste to authorised person or persons authorised for transport purposes5 Convictions 8 3 2 2
  Maximum sentence12 0 0 0 0
           
Contravening conditions of a waste management licence6 Convictions 0 0 0 0
  Maximum sentence3 0 0 0 0
           
Occupier failing to remove waste or eliminate or reduce the consequences of waste deposited in contravention of S.33(1) EP Act 19907 Convictions 0 0 0 0
  Maximum sentence14 0 0 0 0
           
Transporting controlled waste in the course of a business or otherwise with a view to profit without registering as a carrier8 Convictions 2 5 4 0
  Maximum sentence15 0 0 0 0
           
Dumping9 Convictions 1 1 0 0
  Maximum sentence16 0 0 0 0
           
Total Convictions 22 17 18 10
  Maximum sentence 0 0 0 0
           
England and Wales          
Depositing, causing the deposition or permitting the deposition treating, keeping or disposing of controlled (but not special) waste in or on land without a licence3 Convictions 627 688 627 519
  Maximum sentence10 1 0 1 0
           
Depositing, causing the deposition or permitting the deposition of controlled special waste in or on land without a licence4 Convictions 144 82 61 39
  Maximum sentence11 0 0 0 0
           
Handling, controlling or transferring controlled waste without taking reasonable measures; failure to comply with the requirements of the Secretary of State; failure to take such measures as available to secure transfer of household waste to authorised person or persons authorised for transport purposes5 Convictions 297 433 432 391
  Maximum sentence13 2 0 2 1
           
Contravening conditions of a waste management licence6 Convictions 47 14 13 14
  Maximum sentence13 0 0 0 0
           
Occupier failing to remove waste or eliminate or reduce the consequences of waste deposited in contravention of S.33(1) EP Act 19907 Convictions 17 9 7 2
  Maximum sentence14 0 0 0 0
           
Transporting controlled waste in the course of a business or otherwise with a view to profit without registering as a carrier8 Convictions 80 163 163 115
  Maximum sentence15 0 0 0 0
           
Dumping9 Convictions 76 55 45 38
  Maximum sentence16 0 0 0 0
           
Total Convictions 1,288 1,444 1,348 1,118
  Maximum sentence 3 0 3 1
1 The figures given in the table 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 it 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. 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 the courts and police forces. 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. 3 An offence under Section 33(8) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. 4 An offence under Section 33(9) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. 5 An offence under Section 34 (2A) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. 6 An offence under Section 33(6) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. 7 An offence under Section 59 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. 8 An offence under Section 1 of the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989. 9 Offences under the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978. 10 The maximum allowable sentence for this offence is two years in custody. 11 The maximum allowable sentence for this offence five years in custody. 12 The maximum allowable sentence for this offence is a £5,000 fine. 13 The maximum allowable sentence for this offence is 5 years in custody. 14 The maximum allowable sentence for this offence is a £5,000 fine, plus £500 per day. 15 The maximum allowable sentence for this offence is a £5,000 fine. 16 The maximum allowable sentence for this offence is three months in custody or a £3,000 fine. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.

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