ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT/ INVESTIGATION OFFICERS
What our staff Can Do for You to tackle Fly Tipping.
Our Waste Investigation officers will investigate any suspected fly tip by following a tried and tested procedure. This will lead to offenders being traced and identified and result in Enforcement either by a Fixed penalty process or prosecution.
This year (2022) we have investigated over 11,370 Fly Tips leading to 7,580 cases either having an FPN or being prosecuted.
Once our officers have found evidence of the offence and identified the potential offender(s), they can carry out interviews under PACE codes of practise to obtain further evidence on which enforcement activity will be instigated.
TECHNOLOGY HOW WE CAN HELP?
A Combination of ANPR, AI, and CCTV
Background: we deployed our first camera in Dartford Council on 1 February 2021 at a recycling bottle and clothes bank that was being heavily fly-tipped with up to 5 tonnes removed weekly. This prevented the community from using the centre and damaging the area in which it was based. The cameras that the council had captured around 50 incidents a week, but they could not review all the CCTV. The camera did not always capture the vehicle’s registration, causing evidential issues. Although the council had other cameras they could deploy to the area, there was no power outlet within the location, leading to future operation issues.
Plan: We proposed to provide a WasteWatch camera, with AI technology built into it, that could be programmed to look out for vehicles that would drive in, drop and deposit their waste by the side of the recycling bins and drive off. This system was more overt, with signs posted within and around the area. The plan would then provide an evidence pack for us to review if the parameters had been met. We would then send this and a statement to the council.
Finding: after the first three months, the council saw a 99% reduction in Fly-tipping. It has stayed this way since. In the first 12 months, we had captured 37 fly-tipping offenses, with 35 being issued a FPN and two being sent straight to prosecution.
Furthermore, the system has now seen a drop in complaints around the area from residents. Because of the results, Dartford council took on a second system, another hot spot location that was also being affected by fly-tipping to the same extent, and again with in 3 months, we had the same results.
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