Camden Council’s Environment Enforcement Team will be targetting known littering and fly tipping hotspots in an effort to catch offenders and make sure the borough’s streets remain clean, tidy and safe.
They will also provide a new night-time enforcement service to catch those abusing Camden’s environment under cover of darkness.
At the same time, Veolia is to begin deploying dedicated waste collection vehicles directly to known fly tipping hotspots to clear illegally dumped waste from the streets more quickly.
Veolia crews attending reports of fly tipped waste, or patrolling known hotspots, will be accompanied by these additional Enforcement Officers, who will collect evidence from the waste before it is removed – improving the likelihood of identifying offenders.
This service will be initially targeting known fly tipping hotspots in West Hampstead and Kilburn. Crews will be visible to residents in newly branded fly tip vehicles.
The new officers are to be provided by Kingdom Services Group as part of a shared contract with Ealing, Harrow, Hounslow, and Barnet Councils, and they will begin patrols in the borough in the coming weeks.
Penalties for fly tipping and littering
Fly tipping includes those items left on the street when it is not the designated collection time. This can, for example, be bags of rubbish as well as larger items such as furniture.
Camden Council issues fines of £400 for fly tipping offences (reduced to £200 if paid within 10 days). Unpaid fines, or persistent offences, can lead to prosecution in Court and an unlimited fine.
For littering – which includes dropping cigarette butts and food or drinks packaging – the Council can issue an on-the-spot £100 fine (reduced to £80 if paid within 10 days).
Reporting street cleaning issues
Residents can use the Love Clean Streets app to report street cleaning issues, such as illegally dumped rubbish, dog mess, graffiti, and litter, or by calling Veolia on 020 3567 8105.
Last year 99% of fly tips were cleared (within the agreed timeframe) of 16,466 reported through the Love Clean Streets app.