Sharp Rise In Commercial Waste Offences In Scarborough

Over the five year period, fines for commercial waste increased as fines for littering decreased.

By Beth, 15, and Anon, 14, Scarborough · June 3, 2020

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Commercial waste offences in Scarborough are up almost fivefold since 2013.

According to data from Scarborough Borough Council, 2013/14 saw four commercial waste offences, while 2019/20 saw 18. Offences peaked in 2018/19, with 22. 

Commercial waste is sometimes defined as business waste. The government defines commercial or business waste as “any waste that comes from a commercial activity is business waste. If you use part of your home to run your business then any waste from that part is business waste.”

It adds, “business waste also includes any waste that comes from construction, demolition, industry, and agriculture”.

Meanwhile, 162 people have been fined and prosecuted for littering and fly tipping offences in Scarborough from 2013 to 2019.

Littering figures have decreased. In 2014/15, 37 people were fined for littering, compared to 12 in 2019/20. However, this data records only the incidents that were reported to the government.

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