Judges Get Tough On Waste Disposal Companies
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Judges Get Tough On Waste Disposal Companies

posted in News by Claire Smith on 11:56 Feb 28th, 2014

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Judges and magistrates in England and Wales have been told to stand firm on waste guidelines ensuring tough sentences are served to individuals and waste disposal companies committing waste offences.

Sentence Guidelines Get Tougher

New sentencing guidelines covering offences related to the disposal and treatment of waste were published by the Sentencing Council on February 26th. Taking into account the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, the new guidelines will make sentencing tougher for waste disposal companies found in breach of waste permits and illegal waste export. 
For individual and waste management companies found to be committing waste offences, judges and magistrates will be asked to apply stricter sentencing guidelines from July 1st. The publication of the new guidelines follows a public consultation last year whereby representatives from the waste industry, local authorities, judges and magistrates gave comment. 
Separate guidance has been issued to courts to help determine clear punishments for businesses and individuals found in breach of waste management law. The first of its kind in this category, the new guidance encourages magistrates to make use of high level fines for serious cases of illicit waste disposal. Courts have been told to determine fines for waste management companies on a sliding scale, with the mishandling of hazardous and chemical waste at the top. 
Sentencing Council member and Magistrate Katharine Rainsford said “This guidance for courts will help ensure consistent and appropriate sentences for offenders.” 
“These crimes are normally about making or saving money at the expense of the taxpayer. They also undermine law-abiding businesses in the waste management industry who are contributing to economic growth. This guideline aims to ensure that sentences punish offenders, deter reoffending and remove any financial gain.”

What Are The New Sentencing Guidelines? 

The new guidance will not only cover high level illicit waste offences but also nuisance offenders such as those who cause:
  • Noise
  • Smoke
  • Dust
  • Smalls
  • Health risk
  • Pollution risk
The waste sentencing guidelines will cover all waste disposal offences, including fly-tipping and waste handling, where management companies or individuals cause pollution or harm to public health. Breach of waste permits and breach of the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations will also be covered. 
Peter Chapman, chairman of the Magistrates’ Association’s Judicial Committee, said: “This guideline represents the successful realisation of aspirations going back many years. Magistrates sentence the majority of environmental offences and almost all fly tipping [and they live in the communities which suffer from it]”. 

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