Explanatory Memorandum

Waste and Contaminated Land (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

2011 CHAPTER 5

10 February 2011

Commentary on Sections


Section 1 – Fixed penalty notices for offences under Article 4

This section deals with offences relating to unauthorised or harmful deposit, treatment or disposal etc of waste – as provided for under Article 4 of the 1997 Order. It enables the Department or relevant district council to issue a notice to a perceived offender, offering him the opportunity to pay a fixed penalty as an alternative to court action.

The powers are intended to be used for less serious waste offences. However they are discretionary; the Department or district councils can choose instead to prosecute any offences under Article 4 through the courts.

District councils will be able to use any funds raised through these fixed penalties to cover the costs of enforcement and clean up of illegally deposited waste.