CCTV to help catch fly-tippers

Move is part of council crackdown on illegal rubbish dumping

CCTV camera (credit Enfield Council)
CCTV cameras are being deployed to fly-tipping hotspots (credit Enfield Council)

Enfield Council is deploying CCTV to help “name and shame” people illegally dumping rubbish around the borough.

Six mobile cameras are being installed at fly-tipping hotspots, with seven more following shortly. Most of the cameras are initially being deployed in the Upper Edmonton ward, but will then be moved frequently to other places in response to dumping issues.

Reports of illegal dumping in Enfield borough have risen seven-fold over the last four years, with 8,719 fly-tipping reports made in 2020/21 – when the council spent £1.25million on dealing with the problem.

The use of CCTV is the latest move made as part of a crackdown on fly-tipping by the council, after a free bulky waste collection service was reintroduced last year.

Rick Jewell, the council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “Fly-tipping is a London-wide, and indeed a national problem perpetrated by a few selfish people. This council has been working hard to find, clear and investigate dumped rubbish.

“We also recently launched a free bulky waste collection service, making it even easier for people to dispose of their unwanted items if they cannot get down to Barrowell Green Recycling Centre.

“But it’s now time to get tough – enough is enough. Along with our fantastic enforcement team, we will now have the latest CCTV technology to ensure those who blight our streets with rubbish will be held accountable.

“We will also have a dedicated officer to feedback regularly on hotspots and our findings, and we will release footage where we need the public to help us identity people who appear to be involved in fly-tipping. We will name and shame. We will take action.”

Video footage can be used as evidence to help prosecute people suspected of dumping rubbish. If caught, they can be given a fixed penalty notice of up to £400.

Residents are still being encouraged to help tackle the problem by reporting any dumped rubbish they find and providing any information they have about the offence to the council.

Cllr Jewell added: “We need to work together to stop people dumping on our streets. If the dumped rubbish is on the public highway or council housing land, Enfield Council officers will remove it within 24 hours.”

To report any fly-tipping in Enfield:
Visit
enfield.gov.uk/services/rubbish-and-recycling/fly-tipping-and-litter