In 2012, environmental officials in England shut down 1,279 illegal waste dumping sites, roughly 25 sites each week. One in twenty of the illegal waste dumps contain asbestos in the waste, and one in five illegal dumps contained chemicals, oil or fuel.
171 people were prosecuted for waste crimes in 2012.
The number of illegal dump sites closed by authorities in 2012 was up from the 759 that were shut down the year before.
Security officials estimate that illegal waste crime costs about $1.59 Billion (£1 Billion) to legitimate waste companies and tax revenue to the Treasury.
Source: Fiona Harvey, “Waste crime crackdown shuts 25 illegal sites a week,” Guardian, October 13, 2013.