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Waste Crime Update

Meeting: 12/02/2019 - Communities, Housing and Environment Committee (Item 168)

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Mrs Shepherd stated that a Waste Crime Team had been established approximately six months ago.  The team could issue penalty notices, seize vehicles or prosecute individuals who committed crimes such as fly tipping.  £3,000 had been invested in covert cameras, which had proven to be successful, and a further £10,000 was to be invested.


Mr James Duffy, Waste Crime Manager, outlined that nine Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) had been issued for fly tipping and a further 467 FPNs had been issued for littering.  The value of FPNs was £60,000 since July 2018.


In response to questions from the Committee, Mr Duffy replied that:


·  The cost of crushing cars was recovered through the income generated by the sale of scrap parts.  If cars were roadworthy, they could also be sold outright.


·  Action against fly tippers could only be taken if there was a witness, so it was important for residents to submit statements to the team.  This could be supplemented with videos and pictures taken from mobile phones or car dashboard cameras.


The Committee reasserted the zero-tolerance policy towards fly tippers and commended the team for the successes to date.


RESOLVED: That the Waste Crime Update be noted.