Heavier fines are to be targeted at those found guilty of fly-tipping.
Under new sentencing guidelines magistrates are being encouraged to use the highest level of fines to punish those found guilty of dumping their waste illegally.
The guidelines will come into force in England and Wales on 1 July 2014.
Katherine Rainsford, a member of the Sentencing Council, said: “Illegal disposal of hazardous waste not only causes damage to the environment but puts people’s health at risk as well.
“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 hit offenders in their pocket.”
Both companies and individuals are to be subject to heavier punishment if found guilty of fly-tipping.
Fines are the main tool used by magistrates to punish fly-tippers, but custodial sentences are an option when dealing with the most serious offenders.
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