A very good article in The Guardian’s Public Leaders Network today by Jessica Labhart explains the problems that are currently being faced by Britain’s local authorities when it comes to littering, fly tipping and keeping our streets and public places clean.
The article is entitled “five weird and wacky ways councils are cracking down on litter” (although some of the methods it lists are more weird and wacky than others!), and has the subtitle “from animated games to publicly identifying offenders, local authorities are getting creative in the fight to get rid of rubbish”.
The article explains the problem currently being faced by councils extremely well in its first paragraph:
“Keeping streets clean matters. According to the Local Government Association, councils spend almost £1 bn a year on tackling litter and fly-tipping, at a time when they face difficult choices due to budget cuts. Incidents of fly-tipping have increased by 20% in 2014 – last year there were 852,000 cases – while funding for street cleaning has fallen for the past four years. According to Clean Up Britain, 48% of people still admit to dropping rubbish on the streets (pdf), with chewing gum and cigarette stubs the main offenders.”
The article then goes on to explain five ways that councils are tackling litter, saying:
“Councils are fighting back. From whodunnit campaigns, and CCTV monitoring, to litter raffles and animated games, councils across the UK are using unorthodox methods to make people think differently about the state of our streets and what can be done to keep them clean.”
Kingdom’s Environmental Protection division is listed as one of the five ways that councils are tackling litter. Under the heading “fast fines” the article says:
“Several councils are linking up with private security companies. Ealing recently began working with Kingdom Security as part of the council’s environmental enforcement scheme, which trawls the streets to deliver on-the-spot fines of between £80 and £100. Kingdom takes an undisclosed share of every fine it issues, so while the scheme costs the council nothing, it costs the litter droppers dearly.
“Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, told the Ealing Times that the council spends £4.5m every year cleaning up after people who litter the streets with rubbish, chewing gum, spitting or dog mess. He said residents were “sick” of paying to clean up the litter through their taxes.
“Last year, Wolverhampton City council and Kingdom Security issued more than £25,000 worth of fines . For each fine issued, the council received £30, and the rest went directly to the security firm.”
To read the full article, please visit http://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2015/nov/20/councils-litter-local-authorities-rubbish
Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background. They deliver over 130,000 Environmental Protection hours each year on behalf of local authorities across the UK. They issue fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces therefore successful reducing anti-social behaviour. For more information about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/ or call 0845 051 7702.