Illegal fly-tippers will be ‘caught on camera’ in a new initiative by Bedford Borough Council to help identify offenders.
The portable CCTV cameras will be deployed at fly-tipping hotspots around the Borough and footage will be posted to the council’s website (bedford.gov.uk/caughtoncamera) to encourage residents to name and shame vehicles or individuals they recognise.
The Council is using the footage to help identify vehicles present in the vicinity of fly-tipping or individuals who may have information about fly-tipping so that enforcement action can be taken against the appropriate persons who are engaged in this activity.
Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and can be punished with a maximum fine of £50,000, or a 12-month prison sentence if convicted by a Magistrates Court.
If you recognise a vehicle or an individual, you can let the Council know on their ‘caught on camera‘ webpage and this will assist the Council in deciding if an offence has been committed.
Fly-tipping is a criminal offence that costs the Council thousands of pounds to clean up. It can also be a hazard to local people and wildlife and is a real blight on the environment.
Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Environment said: “There is never an excuse for fly-tipping and we work to enforce against it wherever we can.
“These new CCTV cameras will make it easier for us to respond to fly-tipping issues in local areas, capturing footage and ensuring we can fine and prosecute people who commit this offence and cause such damage to our local environment.
“It’s on all of us to dispose of waste responsibly and keep our Borough beautiful, by using the Household Waste Recycling Centre, booking a bulky waste collection with the Council if you need one, or by using a licensed waste carrier to ensure your waste is disposed of responsibly.
“As we move these cameras around the Borough, you will be able to see incidents of fly-tipping that we need your help with.
“You can also report incidents of fly-tipping to us via our website so we can investigate and get it cleared.”