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Waste: Exports

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL1790, tabled on 24 February 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park (HL226), how many successful prosecutions there were for breaches of waste shipment legislation in each of the past five years.

Answered on

9 March 2020

The Environment Agency (EA) is responsible for enforcing waste shipments legislation in England. The EA aims to make sure its enforcement response is proportionate and appropriate to each situation and the EA has a range of enforcement powers and sanctions available to it to secure compliance. The EA’s first response is usually to give advice and guidance to bring an offender into compliance where possible. Where a criminal offence has been committed, in addition to any other enforcement action, the EA will consider instituting a prosecution, administering a caution or issuing a warning. Any UK operators found to be illegally exporting waste can face severe sanctions – from financial penalties up to imprisonment for a period of up to two years. The table below details the range of EA enforcement action over the past five years, including successful prosecutions.

Illegal Waste Export Enforcement 2015 – 2020 (to date)

Financial Year

Total Prosecutions

Court Fines

Imprisonment

Suspended Custodial Sentences

Cautions issued by EA

EA Warning Letters

Fixed Penalty Notices1

Civil Sanctions1

Stop/ Prevention Notices

2015-16

3

£30,450

0

3

0

9

0

0

168

2016-17

1

£1,800

0

1

0

11

1

1

150

2017-18

0

£0

0

0

1

4

0

0

160

2018-19

0

£0

0

0

0

3

0

0

238

2019-20 to date

1

£350,000

0

0

-

-

-

-

-

Totals

5

£382,250

0

4

1

27

1

1

716

[1] Issued by the Environment Agency