Litter & Fly-tipping

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Dear Dartford Borough 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

FOI (Dartford),

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Richard Cherry,

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Danny Lucas

 

Good Morning

 

Please see below the response from Dartford Borough Council

 

Regards

 

Richard

 

 

 

 

FOI REQUEST 

 

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, the Council is a Principal Litter Authority as
defined by the Environmental Protection Act 1190

 

2.      Does the council manage litter picking and fly tipping in-house or
has a third party contractor been appointed? – The Council has appointed a
contractor for litter picking. DBC also have an Environmental Enforcement
Team and LA Support / Kingdom for environmental crime matters.

 

3.      Is the latter, who is the contractor and when and for how long
have they been appointed? Urbaser Ltd, five year contract to 30 June 2024.
LA Support / Kingdom – 25 January 2016

 

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? In both cases, the contract specification meets the
Council’s legal responsibilities

 

5.      What is the total number of litter-pickers in place? Urbaser
employs 20 street cleaning staff for the Council

 

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? In both cases 0 and £0

 

7.      What is the annual cost of litter-picking for the last 3 years?
Approx. £750,000. This is the costs of routine street cleaning each year
i.e. mechanical sweeping  and litter picking, it’s a lump sum cost and I
cannot separate any elements.

 

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? DBC have a small team of
Environmental Enforcement Officers along with other trained officers to
support them within the Community Safety Team. Additionally we have LA
Support / Kingdom Officers that also deal with environmental crime matters
(litter, Fly Tip, Trade Waste Duty of Care) with designated powers to act
on behalf of DBC.

 

9.      How many enforcement officers are in place? DBC X 2 Environmental
Enforcement Officers, also 3 x Park Rangers with designated Powers to
enforce Environmental Crime and CEOs x 5 that can issue litter FPNs and
additionally LA Support / Kingdom x 5 officers.

 

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

 

FPNs for littering? For the period 31/7/18 to 31/7/19 a total of 2994 FPNs
were issued, For the period 31/7/19 to 31/7/20 a total of 1492 FPN’s were
issued, For the period 31/7/20 to 05/03/20 a total of 717, FPN’s have been
issued. (LA Support / Kingdom). These were £75 FPNs issued. Also failure
to pay resulted in fines at court of £255 and I would estimate some 900
placed either before the SJP Court (remote sitting) and Medway Magistrates
Court. Estimated value re FPNs Paid and Non Payment Court outcomes -
£480,000

 

FPNs for Fly-Tipping? AND  Successful prosecutions for Fly-Tipping?   -
Between April 2018 and March 2021, the DBC Environmental Enforcement Team
carried out 1445 formal Fly- Tipping investigations and obtained 611
successful results via FPNs or prosecutions or cautions / warnings.

 

 

11.     How many fly-tips have been recorded in the last 3 years – 2018/19
– 2670,  2019/20 – 2771, 2020/21 – 3181 (to date)

 

12.     What is the cost to the council per year for clearing these
fly-tips? – 2018/19 - £98150, 2019/20 - £146300, 2020/21 - £175,000
(projected)

 

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. – n/a

 

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. 1 x fixed camera (initially in place for 6 months), a range
of portable encrypted VIPA and Reconyx Cameras for use at fly tip HOT SPOT
LOCATIONS (approx. – 10)

 

15.     Are they all in working order? – YES and maintained

 

16.     Are they subject to a service / maintenance contract? - No

 

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

reviewed? LA Support monitor fixed camera footage on a daily basis and
between 8am and 5pm and all footage is viewed daily also. DBC cameras when
placed are viewed by DBC Environmental Enforcement Officers SIA trained to
do so.

 

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

when? – Yes – cannot provide details around specific dates and numbers,
although footage is provided for all ongoing investigations caught on
camera and forms part of the investigating officers case file. This is
then produced as evidence and when requested as disclosure at any
subsequent trial at court etc.

 

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

vision? – Fixed Camera LA Support / Kingdom, this is viewed daily, DBC
Portable Fly Tip Cameras are viewed on a weekly basis when deployed.

 

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

 

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

portable ones? DBC Portable Cameras are placed in response to high level
of fly tip reports at a hot spot location and reviewed around necessity
and intrusion prior to placement decision. Any portable covert placement
is supported by FLY TIP CAMERA Signage in the immediate area.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Danny Lucas

 

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Richard Cherry,

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Danny Lucas

 

Good Morning

 

Please see below the response from Dartford Borough Council

 

Regards

 

Richard

 

 

 

 

FOI REQUEST 

 

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, the Council is a Principal Litter Authority as
defined by the Environmental Protection Act 1190

 

2.      Does the council manage litter picking and fly tipping in-house or
has a third party contractor been appointed? – The Council has appointed a
contractor for litter picking. DBC also have an Environmental Enforcement
Team and LA Support / Kingdom for environmental crime matters.

 

3.      Is the latter, who is the contractor and when and for how long
have they been appointed? Urbaser Ltd, five year contract to 30 June 2024.
LA Support / Kingdom – 25 January 2016

 

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? In both cases, the contract specification meets the
Council’s legal responsibilities

 

5.      What is the total number of litter-pickers in place? Urbaser
employs 20 street cleaning staff for the Council

 

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? In both cases 0 and £0

 

7.      What is the annual cost of litter-picking for the last 3 years?
Approx. £750,000. This is the costs of routine street cleaning each year
i.e. mechanical sweeping  and litter picking, it’s a lump sum cost and I
cannot separate any elements.

 

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? DBC have a small team of
Environmental Enforcement Officers along with other trained officers to
support them within the Community Safety Team. Additionally we have LA
Support / Kingdom Officers that also deal with environmental crime matters
(litter, Fly Tip, Trade Waste Duty of Care) with designated powers to act
on behalf of DBC.

 

9.      How many enforcement officers are in place? DBC X 2 Environmental
Enforcement Officers, also 3 x Park Rangers with designated Powers to
enforce Environmental Crime and CEOs x 5 that can issue litter FPNs and
additionally LA Support / Kingdom x 5 officers.

 

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

 

FPNs for littering? For the period 31/7/18 to 31/7/19 a total of 2994 FPNs
were issued, For the period 31/7/19 to 31/7/20 a total of 1492 FPN’s were
issued, For the period 31/7/20 to 05/03/20 a total of 717, FPN’s have been
issued. (LA Support / Kingdom). These were £75 FPNs issued. Also failure
to pay resulted in fines at court of £255 and I would estimate some 900
placed either before the SJP Court (remote sitting) and Medway Magistrates
Court. Estimated value re FPNs Paid and Non Payment Court outcomes -
£480,000

 

FPNs for Fly-Tipping? AND  Successful prosecutions for Fly-Tipping?   -
Between April 2018 and March 2021, the DBC Environmental Enforcement Team
carried out 1445 formal Fly- Tipping investigations and obtained 611
successful results via FPNs or prosecutions or cautions / warnings.

 

 

11.     How many fly-tips have been recorded in the last 3 years – 2018/19
– 2670,  2019/20 – 2771, 2020/21 – 3181 (to date)

 

12.     What is the cost to the council per year for clearing these
fly-tips? – 2018/19 - £98150, 2019/20 - £146300, 2020/21 - £175,000
(projected)

 

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. – n/a

 

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. 1 x fixed camera (initially in place for 6 months), a range
of portable encrypted VIPA and Reconyx Cameras for use at fly tip HOT SPOT
LOCATIONS (approx. – 10)

 

15.     Are they all in working order? – YES and maintained

 

16.     Are they subject to a service / maintenance contract? - No

 

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

reviewed? LA Support monitor fixed camera footage on a daily basis and
between 8am and 5pm and all footage is viewed daily also. DBC cameras when
placed are viewed by DBC Environmental Enforcement Officers SIA trained to
do so.

 

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

when? – Yes – cannot provide details around specific dates and numbers,
although footage is provided for all ongoing investigations caught on
camera and forms part of the investigating officers case file. This is
then produced as evidence and when requested as disclosure at any
subsequent trial at court etc.

 

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

vision? – Fixed Camera LA Support / Kingdom, this is viewed daily, DBC
Portable Fly Tip Cameras are viewed on a weekly basis when deployed.

 

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

 

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

portable ones? DBC Portable Cameras are placed in response to high level
of fly tip reports at a hot spot location and reviewed around necessity
and intrusion prior to placement decision. Any portable covert placement
is supported by FLY TIP CAMERA Signage in the immediate area.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Danny Lucas

 

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Richard Cherry | Enforcement Manager | Dartford Borough Council |

| Civic Centre | Home Gardens | Dartford | Kent | DA1 1DR | Tel: 01322
343036 |

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