East Riding Council starts new initiative to catch fly-tippers in the act

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is stepping up its war on fly-tipping with the launch of a new initiative designed to catch offenders in the act.

Friday, 7th May 2021, 7:35 am
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is stepping up its war on fly-tipping with the launch of a new initiative designed to catch offenders in the act.East Riding of Yorkshire Council is stepping up its war on fly-tipping with the launch of a new initiative designed to catch offenders in the act.

Within the next few weeks, motion activated cameras will be positioned at known fly-tipping hot-spots, filming the perpetrators in action, recording vehicle details and providing hard evidence for prosecution.

Legislation requires the council to display warning signs at each location and the cameras will be left in situ for some time before being moved to other problem areas on a rotational basis.

The initiative was called for by Cllr Mike Stathers.

Councillor Mike Stathers.

He said: “Fly tippers are a scourge on our society. They have no respect for our environment, our wildlife, and are just as happy to dump their rubbish in quiet back streets as they are in our beautiful country lanes. Their actions cause considerable distress to residents, especially our farming community, who are often left to clear up the mess and dispose of the rubbish at their cost.

“The cameras will be a combination of both visible and hidden units in areas with clear signage and operating a site rotation system will mean no offender can become complacent.”

In the 12 months to the end of March, more than 2,900 fly tipping reports were received by the council.

Enforcement officers carried more than 440 visits, resulting in 27 fixed penalty notices being issued. In one recent case, a Beverley man was ordered by Magistrates to pay more than £3,000.

Residents can report any fly-tipping or suspicious activity to the council on 01482 393939 or online at eastriding.gov.uk/fly-tipping.