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Kingdom starts tackling litter in Rotherham

Kingdom is pleased to have started providing Environmental Protection services in Rotherham on behalf of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.

Kingdom’s officers have started patrolling known key hotspots throughout the borough, and will issue fixed penalty notices to anyone caught committing an environmental crime such as dropping litter (which includes cigarette ends and chewing gum) and not cleaning up dog mess.

Kingdom has been asked to start work in order to reduce the huge £1.7million environmental crime bill that the council has to pay each year. Rotherham is not alone in suffering from this problem – the annual cost of cleaning the UK’s streets alone has been estimated at £1billion, which is a huge drain on the financial resources of local councils whose budgets are already squeezed. This is taxpayer money which could be better spent on frontline services if people picked up their litter and cleaned up after their pets.
 
Kingdom’s team has been tasked with issuing 5,000 fines over the course of the next year to anyone caught dropping litter, not cleaning up after their dog and flouting any other environmental laws. This follows their success in neighbouring Doncaster, where Kingdom has been providing Environmental Protection Services since January 2016, and in the first year there issued over 8,000 fixed penalty notices.

Commenting on the news, Rotherham Council’s Assistant Director for Community Safety and Street Scene Karen Hanson said: “We want to make the borough a nicer place for people who work, live in and visit Rotherham. By putting extra officers on the beat, we can specifically target dog owners who refuse to clean up after their dogs’ foul or use a bin for their litter.

“This approach demonstrates the Council’s commitment to protect the health and environment of residents and visitors, and to tackle environmental crime as part of our ‘Time for Action’ initiative to strengthen Council enforcement.


“Whilst the Council has had the ability to fine people in the past, our extra officers mean that there is a greater chance of culprits being caught and fined.


“We know it can be frustrating when environmental crime keeps re-occurring, but we will be doing our best to catch the people who keep spoiling the streets of Rotherham.


“By working together, we can make Rotherham proud and tidy.”

 
Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background and delivers over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours each year on behalf of local authorities up and down the UK. They issue fixed penalty notices to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces in order to reduce anti-social behaviour.

To find out more about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection service, please call 0845 051 7702 or visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/