Hidden cameras to be installed at hotspots to catch fly-tippers red-handed

North Lincolnshire Council is to install cameras at fly-tipping hotspots to help catch culprits in the act.

The pilot scheme will allow the council to gain valuable evidence that can be used in a prosecution against fly-tippers.

More conspicuous cameras are also being trialled with new signs placed in known fly-tipping areas to act as a deterrent.

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The council is urging residents to upload and submit evidence to North Lincolnshire Council’s new litter portal which you can find here.

Residents can share any videos, images or dashcam footage they have of people fly-tipping or dropping litter so the council’s environmental protection teams can pursue the offenders.

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The council says that fly-tipping can lead to a £400 fixed penalty notice or a court case.

The council spends more than £1 million a year cleaning up illegal fly-tips.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “This pilot scheme indicates our determination to clean-up North Lincolnshire and put an end to the scourge of fly-tipping.

“We have already installed dozens of new bins in lay-bys and handed out more than 100 fines a month to litter louts.

“We help a small army of volunteer litter-pickers keep their communities clean.

“These cameras, along with footage uploaded to our portal by residents, will see more fly-tippers pay for their actions.”

Fly-tipping, or allowing your waste to be fly-tipped by an unregistered operative, can lead to a £400 fixed penalty notice, or £300 if paid within 28 days, or court action.

Officers will also pursue a criminal prosecution if the fly-tipping costs more to clear up compared to the cost of the fine.



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The council has warned against people offering to take waste away for little cost because it is likely they are unlicensed, and your rubbish could end up dumped in streets or nearby rural areas.

Which means you could be slapped with a hefty fine and punishment.

More information about how to check if someone is a registered waste carrier is available on the fly-tipping section of our website of North Lincolnshire Council’s website which you can find here.

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