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Waste prosecutions up, EA figures reveal

Posted on 26 September 2016

The number of waste businesses prosecuted by the Environment Agency rose in 2015 – despite an overall decline in prosecutions brought against companies for environmental offences.

The latest figures reveal the extent to which waste crime has become a major enforcement issue for the Environment Agency.

The waste industry in England holds over 11,000 Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR) permits issued by the Environment Agency; 81% of all EPR permits issued. Sites can hold more than one permit.

In 2015/16 the organisation found over 1,000 new illegal waste sites and shut down the same amount – more than in the previous two years. More than 50% of new illegal waste sites were stopped from operating within 90 days. Read more: