Litter & Fly-tipping

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Dear Canterbury City Council,

1. Is the council a Duty Body and does it have a Statutory Duty to fulfil in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act 1990 & Litter Code of Practice?

2. Does the council manage litter picking and fly tipping in-house or has a third party contractor been appointed?

3. Is the latter, who is the contractor and when and for how long have they been appointed?

4. Does the contract reflect and impose responsibility with penalties for failure on the contractor to comply back to back with the council’s Statutory Duty?

5. What is the total number of litter-pickers in place?

6. How many financial penalties and to what value have been imposed on the contractor for the last year for not meeting standards of failing to carry out their work?

7. What is the annual cost of litter-picking for the last 3 years?

8. Does the council directly employ enforcement officers for issuing fines and carrying out prosecutions with regards to littering and fly-tipping offences or has this been outsourced?

9. How many enforcement officers are in place?

10. How many fines have been issued over the last 3 years and to what value for:

FPNs for littering?
FPNs for Fly-Tipping?
Successful prosecutions for Fly-Tipping?

11. How many fly-tips have been recorded in the last 3 years

12. What is the cost to the council per year for clearing these fly-tips?

13. If no costs are recorded please provide costs using national standard cost estimates from the “Waste Data Flow” system that you are legally obliged to use to record all fly-tips.

14. How many fixed or portable CCTV cameras are owned by the council or via an appointed 3rd party for the purposes of fly-tipping prosecutions.

15. Are they all in working order?

16. Are they subject to a service / maintenance contract?

17. Who is responsible for monitoring the footage and how often is it
reviewed?

18. Has any of the footage been used for prosecutions and if so how many and
when?

19. Can you also confirm how many of the CCTV cameras are capable of night
vision?

20. If you have no CCTV cameras, when will you be putting these in place?

21. If you only have fixed CCTV cameras, when will you be putting in place
portable ones?

Yours faithfully,

Danny Lucas

CCC FOI, Canterbury City Council

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Reference: 10515

Title: Litter and flytipping

Date of reply: 14 April 2021

1. Is the council a Duty Body and does it have a Statutory Duty to fulfil
in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act 1990 & Litter Code of
Practice? 

Yes

 

2. Does the council manage litter picking and fly tipping in-house or has
a third party contractor been appointed?

There are two contractors who hold responsibility for litter picking,
these are detailed below. The in-house enforcement team will also
investigate reports of fly tipping.

 

3. If the latter, who is the contractor and when and for how long have
they been appointed?

Street cleansing - Canterbury Environment Company - Started 1st Febuary
2021

Grounds Maintenance - Serco - Started 1st April 2013

 

4. Does the contract reflect and impose responsibility with penalties for
failure on the contractor to comply back to back with the council’s
Statutory Duty?

Street Cleansing - Penalty points

Grounds maintenance - Penalty points and deductions

 

5. What is the total number of litter-pickers in place?

Canenco:  29 as at 26/3/2021. Each crew member is responsible for the
litter picking of their beat as well as emptying bins and sweeping etc.

Serco:  8 as at 26/3/2021.

 

6. How many financial penalties and to what value have been imposed on the
contractor for the last year for not meeting standards of failing to carry
out their work?

This is currently under review due to Covid

 

7. What is the annual cost of litter-picking for the last 3 years?

Waste - Street Cleansing 

17/18 - £1,821,264.20

18/19 - £1,764,477.02

19/20 - £1,829,049.23

*please note this the spend for all street cleansing not just litter
picking, we are unable to separate these costs out

Grounds maintenance

2017/8 £268,539.65

2018/9 £278,109.37

2019/0 £300,777.90

*Please note these spends are for the last 3 years for litter picking,
these spends do not include bins.

 

8. Does the council directly employ enforcement officers for issuing fines
and carrying out prosecutions with regards to littering and fly-tipping
offences or has this been outsourced?

Internal team employed

 

9. How many enforcement officers are in place?

5 Environmental Enforcement Officers

3 Senior Environmental Enforcement Officers

1 Environmental Enforcement Team Leader

 

10. How many fines have been issued over the last 3 years and to what
value for:

* FPNs for littering?

* FPNs for Fly-Tipping?

* Successful prosecutions for Fly-Tipping? 

FPNs Issued

01/04/18 to 31/03/19: 323 Depositing Litter,  7 Flytipping

01/04/19 to 31/03/20: 46 Depositing Litter,  4 Flytipping

01/04/20 to 19/03/21: 11 Depositing Litter,  14 Flytipping, 48 Littering
from vehicle

Note: littering from vehicles has only been recorded from 01/04/20 due to
the change in legislation - this is not recorded for previous years.

The value of an FPN issued for littering is £150.00 payable within 14
days. This is reduced to £100.00 if paid within 10 days.

 

Prosecutions

There has been one prosecution over the last 3 years for fly-tipping.

 

The value of a fly tipping FPN is £400.00, this is reduced to £300.00 if
paid within 10 days.

 

11.   How many fly-tips have been recorded in the last 3 years?

Flytips recorded by enforcement team:

* 2018/19:  101

* 2019/20:  438

* 2020 (to 19 Mar 20):  1415

Flytips recorded by Serco as removed:

* 2018/19:  1417

* 2019/20:  1294

* 2020 (to Dec 20):  1540

Please note, the Serco figures are fly tips removed by Serco, rather than
the total figures for what is ‘reported’ to them, this is because some fly
tips may not be on land we are liable to clear from.

Please also be aware that there may be some overlap between the cases
reported to the enforcement section and those subsequently marked for
clearance by Serco. As such these figures are not representative of total
incidents, but rather the total incidents recorded by each service area.

 

12.   What is the cost to the council per year for clearing these
fly-tips?

19/20: £24,317.79

18/19: £18,117.69

17/18: £132,523.60

 

13.   If no costs are recorded please provide costs using national
standard cost estimates from the “Waste Data Flow” system that you are
legally obliged to use to record all fly-tips.

Not applicable

 

14.   How many fixed or portable CCTV cameras are owned by the council or
via an appointed 3rd party for the purposes of fly-tipping prosecutions.

For the sole purpose of ASB and fly-tipping we have 6 mobile CCTV cameras.

 

15.   Are they all in working order?

1 is due to be repaired / replaced.

 

16.   Are they subject to a service / maintenance contract?

Yes we have a service / maintenance contract

 

17.   Who is responsible for monitoring the footage and how often is it
reviewed?

Community Safety and Central Control Teams, in terms of frequency of
reviewing footage, some cameras are monitored and some are reviewed when
required.

 

18.   Has any of the footage been used for prosecutions and if so how many
and when?

No footage has been used for prosecution

 

19.   Can you also confirm how many of the CCTV cameras are capable of
night vision?

Our cameras are located in lit areas and do not have infrared / night
vision capacity

 

20.   If you have no CCTV cameras, when will you be putting these in
place?

Not applicable

 

21.   If you only have fixed CCTV cameras, when will you be putting in
place portable ones?

Not applicable

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