New CCTV cameras installed at ‘bring to’ recycling sites to combat fly-tipping
North East Lincolnshire Council has installed new CCTV cameras at various ‘bring to’ recycling banks and other fly tipping hotspots across the borough.
This is the latest in a series of measures being taken to tackle fly-tipping at the sites.
The council has put up 200 signs at the ‘bring to’ sites to warn potential fly-tippers they could be caught on camera.
There are more than 40 ‘bring to’ recycling banks across North East Lincolnshire at busy locations such as supermarkets and car parks.
They are located in convenient places for people to recycle reasonable amounts of cans, glass, paper and plastic.
But the sites are abused with people dumping all kinds of other rubbish such as fridges, mattresses, bed heads, doors, building waste and barrels of cooking oil.
Councillor David Bolton, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities, said: “It is totally unacceptable to leave waste piled up outside the recycling banks.
“Not only does it look unsightly, some of the waste can attract rats and it makes it difficult for our staff to empty the bins.
“Crews have to be diverted from whatever else they are doing to come and clear the rubbish, which is a waste of their time.
“If the recycling banks are full or if people have a lot of waste to recycle, it should be taken to one of the Community Recycling Centres in Estuary Way, Grimsby, or Queens Road, Immingham.”
Councillor Steve Beasant, chairman of the overview and scrutiny committee, said: “These cameras will act as a deterrent to prevent fly-tipping at these sites.
“If you have information about fly-tipping, please let us know. We all need to be a part of keeping North East Lincolnshire clean and tidy.
“Fly-tipping is a crime and we investigate all incidents. Where we find enough evidence that can be used, we will take offenders to court.”
To report fly-tipping, visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/environment-and-community-safety/clean-streets/flytipping/ and give as much information as possible. Alternatively, call 01472 326300.
The cameras are designed to be moved to different sites as problems arise.