The small minority of people who litter will face tougher enforcement action as part of a new trial agreed today.
During a 9-month trial a new team of uniformed officers will patrol the streets handing out fines ranging from £80 to £400 to anyone aged 18 or over who is seen dropping or dumping rubbish or allowing their dogs to foul our streets. The trial is part of our drive to work with the community to make our streets cleaner.
The uniformed enforcement presence will start on 21 November, which will include handing out fines to anyone who drops chewing gum or cigarette butts. The officers will wear body cameras with footage used as evidence if required. People under the age of 18 will have their names and address taken for a letter to be issued to their parents.
Cllr Peray Ahmet, Haringey Council Cabinet Member for Environment said:
“The vast majority of people in Haringey are proud of where they live and do the right thing, yet there are a small minority of people who drop litter or fly-tip. There is no excuse for this behaviour and as a community we should no longer tolerate it. Tougher enforcement is designed to act as a deterrent and make people think again before dropping litter on our streets.”
Haringey is testing increased enforcement in areas with persistent litter problems as part of a balanced approach which also includes more information to residents to raise awareness about the cost of litter on our streets. Haringey recently teamed up with local people in Noel Park to raise awareness of the council’s free bulky waste service. And in October Haringey increased the on-the-spot fines for fly-tipping from £80 to £400, recognising that fly-tipping cost taxpayers £3 million per year.
The uniformed officers will be employed by Kingdom Security.