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New CCTV images published in fly-tipping crackdown

10:46 am, Monday, 7th February 2022 - 2 years ago

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North East Lincolnshire Council is issuing fresh CCTV images as part of a campaign to help tackle fly-tipping in the area.

Environmental enforcement officers at the Council are releasing CCTV images in connection with several fly-tipping incidents in Grimsby.

People can view the images and use an online reporting form at www.nelincs.gov.uk/caught-on-camera.

The incidents took place between August 2021 and January 2022 at locations including Fisherman’s Wharf in Grimsby, a car park in New Waltham, an alleyway off Haycroft Avenue, and bring to recycling banks in Waltham Road and Doughty Road.

Officers are appealing to the public to help identify the people in the CCTV images.

So far, five people have been fined since March as a direct result of the Caught on Camera appeal.

A number of other cases have also been cleared up with the public’s help.

If you have any information that can help identify the people in the images, contact the council in confidence online at www.nelincs.gov.uk/caught-on-camera or by calling 01472 326300. You will need to quote the reference number included with the image.

Cllr Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:

“I’m grateful to everyone who has contacted us with information since we launched the Caught on Camera campaign in March.

“The campaign also gives officers the opportunity to educate people about their responsibilities when disposing of their waste.

“Fly-tipping is a national problem. It’s a criminal offence and the Council investigates all incidents. Anyone who is caught risks a £400 fixed penalty notice.

“Our enforcement officers are keen to speak to the people in these CCTV images in connection with fly-tipping offences in the borough.

“If you recognise anyone in the images, please let us know at www.nelincs.gov.uk/caught-on-camera. All reports are treated in the strictest confidence.”

The Council spends tens of thousands of pounds in disposal costs alone for fly-tipped waste each year. The total budget for street cleansing is about £1.5-million per year.

Cllr Shepherd added:

“Some people think it’s OK to dump any old rubbish at bring to recycling sites.

“At times, it’s so bad our staff can’t even get to the bins to empty them.

“Recycling banks are for recycling and nothing else. All bins are clearly labelled and carry warnings about CCTV.

“When people fly-tip at the sites we have to divert staff from other duties to clear up the mess. This is a complete waste of their time.

“If you have extra rubbish to get rid of, please take it to the tip in Grimsby or Immingham. They’re open daily from 8am to 6pm.”

Enforcement success

Fixed Penalty Notices given since 1 April 2021 for fly-tipping and waste related offences

  • 3 x Failing to give Waste to an Authorised Waste Carrier
  • 4 x Failing to Produce Waste Transfer Notes
  • 14 x Fly-tipping

Successful court prosecutions since 1 April 2021:

  • Washing machine fly-tipped at Garibaldi Street car park on 18 May 2019. In court 30 April 2021. Fine £325, costs £358 and VSC £32
  • Car used in two fly-tips committed on 18 Jan 2020 at Garibaldi Street car park bring to site. In court 12 July 2021. Fine £100 for each offence, costs £202 and VSC £32
  • Van used in fly-tipping offence committed 29 March 2020 at Waltham Road recycling banks. In court 2 July 2021. Fine £150, costs £404.33, VSC £32
  • Glass table top and other items fly-tipped at Garibaldi Street car park on 18 May 2019. In court 2 July 2021. Fine £215, costs £250, VSC £30
  • Household waste fly-tipped on 26 and 27 December 2019 at Garibaldi Street car park. In court 8 July 2021 (arrested on a warrant). Fine £200 for each offence, costs £424, VSC £32
  • Waste in garden Hainton Avenue. In court 23 July 2021. The court fined the two owners £770 each, imposed a victim surcharge of £77, and ordered them to pay costs of £100, making a total of £947 each.
  • Household waste fly-tipped on 18 Jan 2020 at Garibaldi Street car park. In court 23 July 2021. Fine £70.
  • Household waste fly-tipped on 26 December 2018 and 26 December 2019 at Garibaldi Street car park. In court 23 July 2021. Fine £515. No order was made for costs.

SCRAP campaign

North East Lincolnshire Council is part of the SCRAP campaign, a nationwide crackdown against fly-tipping.

The campaign reminds people to check their waste is being taken away for disposal by a licensed carrier – either by asking to see a Waste Carriers Licence or by looking up the company on the Environment Agency website.

SCRAP stands for:

Suspect ALL waste carriers

Check with the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506 that the provider taking your waste away is licensed

Refuse unexpected offers to have waste taken away

Ask what will happen to your waste

Paperwork should be obtained – get a full receipt

Duty of care

If you are paying someone to take your waste, you must check they are licensed to take it.

Check the register by calling the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506 or visit https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers.

Always ask for identification and a receipt. You can be fined £300 if your waste is dumped unlawfully.

The Duty of Care applies to individuals and all commercial entities. This includes private sector businesses such as shops, offices, factories, and tradespersons (e.g. electricians, builders, glaziers and plumbers) and public sector services such as schools, hospitals and prisons, as well as charities and voluntary and community groups. It also includes permitted operations or exempt facilities that produce waste as part of their activities.

Caught on Camera

We publish images on our Caught on Camera web page related to fly-tipping and other environmental offences.

We do this to ask for the public’s help in identifying people, who cannot be identified by other means, that we want to speak to in connection with our enquiries.

Please visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/caught-on-camera for our Privacy Notice and Operational Policy.

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