New Waste Crime Sentencing Guidelines & Legislation 2014

Don’t Do The Crime… It (Really) Ain’t Worth The Time!


Judge Presiding


Here at All Waste Matters, we’ve seen some pretty radical changes to waste management and recycling legislation during the 30 or so years that we’ve been servicing businesses all over the UK.


In that sense, we are the wisened old owl perched on the legislation branch, anticipating each new offshoot and leaf, and ensuring that we cast our eye over every single piece of government and ministerial documentation that comes our way.


We’ve seen minor tweaks and major overhauls to the guidelines that govern the work that we do, and crucially, important updates to how businesses can legally and safely dispose of their own waste.


Something we have found time and time again is that there is often a huge difference in perceptions of safe and legal waste disposal by businesses, and the actuality of the state of play of waste management and recyling from the government’s point of view.


Fortunately, we’re here to keep you right and offer a helping hand along the way to keep you out of trouble – below is a recent update that could be crucial for your business.



The Sentencing Council Lays Waste To Flytippers


Waste Legislation Guidelines


We’ve recently came across reports which indicate that judges in England and Wales will now be able to exercise harsher penalties and fines on those found guilty of waste crimes.


While we were aware of the draft guidelines published last year, the Sentencing Council (who work as part of the Ministry Of Justice) have just released new definitive guidelines on environmental offences, which can be found here.


We’ve published a little summary on the main points worth considering based on these new guidelines; the main document is 26 pages long, so we can understand if you don’t want to read the whole thing yourself.


Fortunately, that’s why it really pays to have a certified waste management and disposal expert on hand.


Let’s not waste any more time getting you up to speed….


Environmental Offences Definitive Guidelines – What Do I Need To Know?


Organisations – Illegal discharges to air land and water – maximum fine when tried on indictment: Unlimited. Maximum fine when tried summarily: £50,000 fine.


Anybody found guilty of this can be made to provide compensation for personal injury, loss or damage.



Deliberate pollution falls under this category, for example, hazardous chemicals which have been wrongly and unlawfully disposed of.


A particularly trifling point for many large businesses with high turnover and profits is that these new sentencing powers can allow the judge presiding to move outside of this range “in order to achieve a proportionate sentence”.


In short, you really need advice on how to dispose of these types of products from a waste management professional, as the potential for harm to individuals is really high, and is penalised accordingly.


Visit our hazardous waste disposal page for full details of how we can help with this and make sure your plans are in place nice and early for 2014.



The court should remove any economic benefit the offender has derived through the commission of the offence including: avoided costs, operating savings, any gain made as a direct result of the offence.


They say a stitch in time saves nine; that proverb couldn’t hold more true in this case.


Not only can offenders be penalised for the damage done to others and the environment, but any cost savings that they may have made through improper waste disposal and operations costs saved by taking shortcuts can actually be estimated and recouped by the courts (gulp indeed!)


We pride ourselves on delivering extremely competitive quotes, and constantly benchmark against our competitors.


“Actually, that quote wasn’t anywhere near as bad as I thought it was going to be” – we hear this on a weekly basis.


It really does pay to get a thorough assessment of your waste disposal conducted by an expert with years of industry experience and the correct accreditation; who knows, it might be a lot less than you think, and you can bet your house that it will be considerably less than the equivalent estimate imposed upon you by a court for breaching this legislation!


Not To Worry, Help Is At Hand


The first step is getting in touch to ensure that you are doing things by the book, and that’s where we come in.


Tempting as it may be to take shortcuts, we have seen it all go catastrophically wrong for many businesses who then have to suffer both a fine and then start to look at suppliers to pick up the pieces.


Don’t take the risk – give us a bell today and we’ll make sure you are well looked after.


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