CCTV crackdown on the fly-tippers
Action after clean-up bill nears £900k
Council chiefs are getting tough on flytippers after it was revealed the annual bill to clean up after them weighs in at almost £900,000.
New CCTV cameras are being deployed across North Lanarkshire in a bid to identify the menaces who are causing a hazard in communities.
The devices will be used at areas where fly-tipping is already a problem, and £115,000 is being spent on the fixed and mobile cameras.
Heavy fines, and even a stretch in prison, are some of the punishments available for serious offences.
And barriers will also be placed at some sites to prevent vehicles getting access.
“There is simply no excuse for fly tipping; it’s a crime, it creates a mess in our communities and it can cause health and environmental problems,” explains Councillor Michael Mcpake, Convener of the Infrastructure Committee.
“Every year the council has to spend almost £900,000 to clean up fly tipping from our land and local streets.
“That is a waste of public money, which could be spent on local services and improving North Lanarkshire.
“I want to reassure residents that we take fly-tipping very seriously, and we will investigate and prosecute anyone caught dumping rubbish illegally.
“In some cases, it is people who can’t be bothered to take their rubbish to a recycling centre or book a special uplift; in others, it’s businesses claiming to dispose of household rubbish for a fee but who actually just dump it.”
Anyone caught fly-tipping domestic waste faces a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200, and for serious offences this increases to £40,000 and/or two years in prison.
The council will also place large concrete barriers on sites it owns to prevent vehicles gaining access to dump materials illegally, while new signs at key locations will highlight the penalties.
Councillor Mcpake added: “Whoever is responsible for fly tipping, we will take action against them.
“We’re asking residents to help by reporting any incidents of fly tipping, giving as many details of the people and vehicles involved, and we will pursue them.
“North Lanarkshire is a great place to live and work, and we want to keep it clean and safe for everyone.”
Residents can dispose of household rubbish at one of the council’s household waste recycling centres or by booking a special uplift.
Each household is entitled to three free uplifts each year.
To report fly-tipping or book a special uplift, call Northline on 01698 403100 or go to the council’s web site at www. northlanarkshire.gov.uk.
The council says that their officers are aware of adverts appearing on social media offering to dispose of waste for a fee.
Their advice is that these are often unregistered companies who then dump the material illegally, and the recommendation is not to use these services.