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CCTV cameras to tackle fly-tipping

  • Nicky Gibson, enviro-crime & dog control manager, and Chris Cary, senior enviro-crime enforcement officer

CCTV cameras are being deployed in Charnwood as the borough council steps up its fight against fly-tippers.

The council has introduced the cameras in various hot-spots across the area and it comes as the Council launches its annual Don’t Muck Around campaign to tackle enviro-crime.

Alan Twells, head of regulatory services at the Council, said: “The cameras are the latest weapon in the fight against fly-tipping in Charnwood.

“We are already proactive. Our enviro-crime officers investigate every incident and we issue fixed penalty notices or instigate a prosecution whenever possible.

“We are hoping the cameras will not only catch some people in the act but also act as a deterrent to would-be fly-tippers. 

“Residents can also play a part in tackling fly-tipping. If you pay someone to dispose of your rubbish then please make sure they are licensed waste carriers because if they are not and your waste is fly-tipped, it could be you who ends up with a fine or in court. 

“Sometimes people are approached on social media so we would advise residents to be wary. You can check if someone is a licensed waste collector by visiting the Environment Agency website.

“It is disappointing that the number of incidents in Charnwood has risen but we will continue to use all powers at our disposal to tackle the problem.”

In 2018/19 there were 852 fly-tipping incidents in Charnwood compared with 673 in 2017/18 and 603 in 2016/17.

When enough evidence is recovered from a fly-tip, the Council takes action. In 2017/18 the Council issued 17 fixed penalty notices, each for £400, totalling £6,800. The council will also take action in court and since 2015, Charnwood has successfully brought 22 prosecutions, with offenders being left with fines and costs plus a criminal record.

As well as fly-tipping, the Don’t Muck Around campaign will highlight littering issues. There is a particular focus on litter being thrown from vehicles and the Council is supporting a county-wide campaign to raise awareness of the issue. 

The registered keeper of a vehicle can be issued a fixed penalty notice for £150 for littering, regardless of who threw the litter from the vehicle. Council street wardens have already taken part in some joint enforcement action with other councils in Leicestershire and more is being planned.

The Council street warden teams will also be carrying out patrols in areas where there have been complaints about littering and dog fouling.

For more information about what can and can’t be recycled or taken to the local tips, please visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/recycling.