Fly-tipping

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Dear Environment Agency,

Please provide me with the following information with regard to incidents of fly-tipping handled by the EA (as opposed to local authorities) for the period Jan 1 2006 - 31st Dec 2015:

1. How many incidents were reported to the EA in each year?
2. How many prosecutions were made by the EA in each year?

In respect to the prosecution made in 2015 please provide a schedule showing the name of the defendant (redact any personal data), the date of the report, date of the action, the legislation used to prosecute the offence, the fine and costs awarded and the nature of the incident (material tipped, use of a vehicle etc) where this is readily available.

If there were less than 20 prosecutions by the EA in 2015 please provide the same data for the most recent 20 prosecutions.

Please let me know if this presents any particular burden for you and suggest how I might modify my requests to lighted the load. I will then consider amending my request.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Silverman

Enquiries, Unit, Environment Agency

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Dear Peter

 

Thank you for your request for flytipping data.

 

We are treating your enquiry as an Information Request under the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004/Freedom of Information Act
2000.

 

Your request will be dealt with by our National Request Team under
reference NR35607.

 

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Dear Peter,

 

With regards to your request reference number NR36507.

 

For part 1 of your request we can provide either;

 

1)     substantiated environmental pollution incidents for the period
requested (2006 to 2015) or

2)     reported incidents for the period 2013 to 2015 (*see below)

*Incidents are reported to the Environment Agency by various sources. Pre
November 2013 they were not classified in anyway until officers
substantiated the report and it became a substantiated incident.

In 2013 we introduced a report type that is assigned when the report is
made, which enables us to provide figures for the number of reports about
certain types of incident, or the number of incidents. There may be
multiple reports for a single incident.

 

Please can you advise as to which data you would like?

 

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Yours sincerely,

Peter Silverman

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Peter,

 

Following our conversation a few minutes ago, I have emailed my colleagues
to chase the response to your request reference NR35607 and will be in
touch again as soon as I have any information.

 

The register where you can find enforcement data can be found on the link
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Dear National Requests,

Thank you for the link. However it does not allow me to select prosecutions under EPA S33 which would include those for fly-tipping. I

Yours sincerely,

Peter Silverman

National Requests, Environment Agency

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Dear Peter

Enquiry regarding incidents and prosecutions

 

Thank you for your enquiry which was received on 20 January 2017. Please
accept our apologies for the delay in responding to your request.

 

You requested:

 

Information with regard to incidents of fly-tipping handled by the EA (as
opposed to local authorities) for the period Jan 1 2006 - 31st Dec 2015:

 

1. How many incidents were reported to the EA in each year?

2. How many prosecutions were made by the EA in each year?

 

We respond to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and
Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

The Environment Agency and local authorities have an agreed protocol for
investigating fly-tipping. The amount and type of waste and is used to
determine the appropriate response and authority to investigate.

 

If illegally dumped waste is more than 20 tonnes it is likely to be
referred to the Environment Agency. Local authorities have taken on
responsibility for enforcement of smaller ‘fly-tipping’ waste offences.

 

The Environment Agency has specialist teams who work in partnership with
local councils, the police and HMRC to tackle waste crime. Our specialist
crime unit uses intelligence to track and prosecute organised crime gangs
involved in illegal waste activity.

 

We are determined to make life hard for criminals. We support legitimate
business and we are proactively supporting them by disrupting and stopping
the criminal element backed up by the threat of more tough enforcement
action and prosecution.

 

In recent years the Environment Agency has concentrated its enforcement of
illegal waste activity against more serious offences rather than the
activity which is often regarded as fly-tipping.

 

 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Year | Events | Prosecutions |
|------------------------+-----------------------+-----------------------|
| 2006 | 835 | 96 |
|------------------------+-----------------------+-----------------------|
| 2007 | 723 | 80 |
|------------------------+-----------------------+-----------------------|
| 2008 | 507 | 80 |
|------------------------+-----------------------+-----------------------|
| 2009 | 796 | 47 |
|------------------------+-----------------------+-----------------------|
| 2010 | 656 | 27 |
|------------------------+-----------------------+-----------------------|
| 2011 | 423 | 35 |
|------------------------+-----------------------+-----------------------|
| 2012 | 288 | 23 |
|------------------------+-----------------------+-----------------------|
| 2013 | 269 | 40 |
|------------------------+-----------------------+-----------------------|
| 2014 | 245 | 27 |
|------------------------+-----------------------+-----------------------|
| 2015 | 156 | 26 |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

Information regarding prosecutions is publicly available as Open Data.

 

It is contained within the prosecutions open dataset, which can be found
here:

 

[1]https://data.gov.uk/dataset/environment-...

 

The items relevant are prosecutions made under s.33 (1) (a) of the
Environmental Protection Act 1990 and reg.38 of the Environmental
Permitting Regulations 2007 and 2010.

 

The term “fly-tipping” is not used on our prosecutions database, so the
range of offences identified this way may be somewhat broader than those
you may consider to be classed as fly-tipping.

 

The open dataset contains an explanation of the methodology by which we
compute numbers of prosecutions.

 

Please refer to [2]Open Government Licence which explains the permitted
use of this information.

 

Please get in touch if you have any further queries or contact us within
two months if you’d like us to review the information we have sent.

 

Yours sincerely

 

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Dear Mr Silverman

With regards to your request, reference number NR35607

An error was discovered in our calculation and the attached letter contains the correct figures.

Please accept our apologies.

Kind regards

Maria Bisby
Environment Agency
National Requests Team
Part of National Operations
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