We are, in partnership with Bristol City Council’s Neighbourhood Enforcement Team and as part of the Mayor’s Clean Streets campaign, launching Operation Waste Watch in effort to catch offenders red-handed.
The campaign focuses on positioning covert cameras in areas that experience frequent dumping of illegal waste such as bulky waste like fridges and furniture, black bags and other waste that obstructs the pavement or clogs pathways. Individuals who are captured dumping illegal waste will be prosecuted. In 2017, the Neighbourhood Enforcement team issued ten £200 fixed penalty notices for major fly-tipping incidents, and 104 £75 for minor ones.
The local community also welcomes the initiative. Rob Umphray from Keep Bristol Tidy notes that, “huge efforts have been made to encourage people to accept responsibility for the waste that they produce. However, there are numbers of residents, landlords and businesses from across the spectrum, who continue to fly-tip and dump their waste regardless of the negative effects on communities and businesses alike.”
“Modern cameras will produce high quality evidence, said Umphray. “This will help hold responsible those whose actions blight our communities by prosecution via the legal system.”