Fly-tipping cameras installed at fly-tipping hotspots
Published on Thursday, 18th February 2021
Installation of smart camera systems to help stop environmental crime
As part of our crack-down on waste crime in the Borough, the Waste Enforcement team at NBBC have installed smart cameras in ‘Hot spot’ areas within the Borough, where illegal disposal of waste is a continuing issue.
As part of the smart camera installation programme, which was delayed slightly due to the coronavirus pandemic, the cameras are designed to detect and ultimately prosecute offenders and the cameras will be moved and installed around the Borough in areas of concern.
The smart camera installation programme forms part of our continued enforcement partnership with 3GS, who have been working with council officers to help detect and reduce waste crime in the Borough. Waste crime; including littering and fly tipping, costs local authorities many thousands of pounds yearly to clear and dispose of.
Fly-tipping offenders risk an unlimited fine, a criminal record and even imprisonment if prosecuted. Following an increase in waste collectors advertising via social media and other means, we would like to remind householders that they have a duty of care for their waste and should ensure relevant checks are made of any third party’s taking away waste for disposal, as if it ends up fly-tipped they are still liable for prosecution. A number of fixed penalty notices have already been issued to those responsible for fly-tipping in the Borough, as well as those who have given their waste to a third party - who have then gone on to fly-tip the waste.
Councillor Jill Sheppard, Portfolio Holder for Central Services and Refuse, said:
“I am delighted to announce the installation of smart camera systems to help stop environmental crime. Most residents of the Borough are responsible with their waste but unfortunately there are those out there who do not feel the law applies to them. This initiative is vital to our ongoing commitment to tackle illegal deposits of waste which continually impacts on our residents and visitors. Anyone detected carrying out environmental crime within our area can expect to be investigated and where appropriate prosecuted for their actions”
If you discover fly-tipped waste, please report it either online or by calling customer services on 02476 376170. Remember:
- Do not touch the waste as it may contain hazardous substances.
- Do not disturb the site
- If you witness fly-tipping taking place, please let us know.
- Do not approach offenders.
- We need to know the date, time and location you witnessed the fly-tip
- Details of the waste as best you can determine without touching it (what it consists of, how much etc.).
- Descriptions of the person(s) fly tipping and any vehicles involved (make, colour and registration number)
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