Bristol City Council joins forces with Bristol Waste Company to crack down on fly tipping

Over the summer more resources have been put towards tackling fly tipping in the city with 31 pieces of evidence found in the first week alone.
As part of a pilot scheme, an enforcement officer spent the month of August working alongside Bristol Waste Company (BWC) to investigate fly tipping as part of the council’s aim to take a tougher stance on environmental crime.
Kingdom Enforcement Officer Jack Rex joined the BWC cleansing crews while they were collecting reported fly tipped waste, and had the job of going through the bags to catalogue evidence so any offences could be investigated.
A number of Fixed Penalty Notices were issued, and the first fines have now been paid.
Following the success of the initial pilot, Jack is continuing to work part time investigating fly tipping, and the council and Bristol Waste are working together to look at the best way of sharing evidence to help tackle fly tipping. It is hoped a member of Kingdom could join the BWC team full time.
Jack, who has been working for Kingdom since January, said: “My role involves working in partnership with Bristol Waste to investigate fly tipping sites and the contents of the waste that has been dumped.
“We are using a proactive approach, acting on tips from the community and locating areas with repetitive fly tipping issues. It is a great partnership, which is allowing us to deal with this issue more efficiently.
“It’s a rewarding job, seeing the difference I’m making to our city and local residents. Bristol Waste is very supportive of our efforts and are just as confident that the difference we are making will be highly beneficial to our communities.”
In 2017/18 Bristol Waste Company received 12,823 requests to remove fly tipping and in 2016/17 it is estimated that fly tipping cost Bristol City Council £455,771.
Fly tipping is a serious criminal matter and the range of offences vary from the offence of littering which carries a maximum penalty of £2,500 to the offence of fly tipping which carries a maximum penalty of £50,000 or up to five years in prison.
In some cases the council has the power to deal with fly tipping offences by issuing a Fixed Penalty Notice. If a notice is served, payment of £200 will resolve the matter without the need for prosecution.
Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees has made a pledge that Bristol will be measurably cleaner by 2020 as part of the Clean Streets Campaign.
He said: “Fly tipping is unacceptable and is a major cause for concern for people across the city. For that reason we decided to direct some of our resources from Kingdom to work alongside Bristol Waste to try and tackle the issue.
“People need to take responsibility for their own waste, and we need to make it clear that we will not tolerate individuals dumping rubbish and fly tipping in public spaces. We need everyone in Bristol to share responsibility for keeping the city clean.”
Kingdom, work with local authorities across the country to tackle environmental crime.
The introduction of the enforcement team was designed to help change behaviour and attitudes to littering, and the reduction in fines being handed out since the start of the year is evidence that this approach is working. The service is being delivered at no cost to the council, as the costs are being met through the payment of FPNs. Surplus funds from the on-the-spot fines will be directed back into tackling environmental issues across the city.
Following the successful pilot with Kingdom, the council is now looking to appoint a company to continue this project for the next four years, as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to zero tolerance towards environmental crime.
The pilot project has helped understand how to better tackle key litter hotspots, and any future service will need to complement, support and extend the council’s own enforcement team to help address priority issues. A future service will also need to be extended across the city and the enforcement must reflect the problems the city is facing.
If members of the public witness any fly tipping in the city they should report it to the council with as much information as they can provide at
https://www.bristol.gov.uk/streets-travel/flytipping
To find out more about the Clean Streets Campaign go to www.bristol.gov.uk/cleanstreets