Fly tippers are under surveillance

Council investment in CCTV cameras

Convener and team at Cambusnethan Priory

New CCTV cameras deployed across North Lanarkshire will be identifying fly tippers, who cause a hazard in communities and cost almost £900,000 a year to clean up.

We have invested £115,000 in fixed and mobile CCTV cameras to monitor locations where fly tipping is a problem.

Anyone caught flytipping domestic waste faces a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200, and for serious offences this increases to £40,000 and/or two years in prison.

We will also place large concrete barriers on council sites to prevent vehicles gaining access to dump materials illegally, while new signs at key locations will highlight the penalties.

"There is simply no excuse for fly tipping; it's a crime, it creates a mess in our communities and it can cause health and environmental problems," explains Councillor Michael McPake, Convener of the Infrastructure Committee.

"Every year the council has to spend almost £900,000 to clean up fly tipping from our land and local streets. That is a waste of public money, which could be spent on local services and improving North Lanarkshire.

"I want to reassure residents that we take fly tipping very seriously, and we will investigate and prosecute anyone caught dumping rubbish illegally. In some cases, it is people who can't be bothered to take their rubbish to a recycling centre or book a special uplift; in others, it's businesses claiming to dispose of household rubbish for a fee but who actually just dump it.

"Whoever is responsible for fly tipping, we will take action against them. We're asking residents to help by reporting any incidents of fly tipping, giving as many details of the people and vehicles involved, and we will pursue them.

"North Lanarkshire is a great place to live and work, and we want to keep it clean and safe for everyone."

Residents can dispose of household rubbish at one of our Household Waste Recycling Centres or by booking a special uplift. Each household is entitled to three free uplifts each year.

We are aware of adverts appearing on social media offering to dispose of waste for a fee. Often these are unregistered companies who then dump the material illegally, and the council's advice is not to use these services.

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