Why are we doing this?
The One Trafford Partnership takes environmental crime very seriously and wants to ensure our neighbourhoods are clean and pleasant places.
We know from listening to our residents how important it is for your local area to be clean, free from litter and a pleasant environment in which to live. Despite all our efforts to keep the area clean and litter-free, it is an almost impossible, and costly, challenge while some individuals continue to dump waste illegally and be generally irresponsible with their litter. We need to take a hard line with individuals and are now stepping up enforcement.
This is not a way for the Council to generate additional income. The scheme aims to be cost neutral. Any money that is made will be put back into local projects, to support the important work of community groups who help us keep Trafford clean and green. Our priority is to try and stop those people who do not behave responsibly.
Which areas are the patrols happening in?
Clifford, Longford, Gorse Hill and Stretford have been identified as the wards where there is the largest problem with environmental crimes. If the pilot scheme is successful here, it may be rolled out to other parts of the borough at a later date.
How is this supported by the law?
Under Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and Section 18 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, it is an offence to throw down, drop or otherwise deposit litter/refuse in any place open to the air, and leave it.
What could I get fined for?
Uniformed Environmental Enforcement Officers from Kingdom will be issuing £80 fixed penalty notices for the following:
- Dropping litter - including items such as cigarette butts, chewing gum, fast food and other forms of litter, such as packaging.
- Dog fouling - failing to pick up after your dog or not disposing of the dog waste in the correct way.
- Urinating - if you are caught urinating in a public place.
The prime focus will be to crack down on people that dump waste illegally. You will be issued with a £200 FPN if you:
- Fly-tip your waste - fly-tipping is illegal dumping on a site that is not licensed to accept waste. The waste may include general household rubbish, larger household items, e.g. mattresses and fridges, garden refuse or commercial waste. It is an offence that can lead to a fine of up to £20,000 or imprisonment.
How will it work?
Experienced enforcement officers from Kingdom, wearing uniforms and body cameras, will carry out street patrols with the aim of catching people who are fly-tipping or littering. The aim of the enforcement patrols is to target those who choose to ignore the littering laws, which the vast majority of our residents abide by.
What should I do if I receive a fine (FPN)?
Anyone who receives a FPN has 14 days from the date of issue to pay it without further action being taken. If you do not pay the fine, it will result in formal prosecution proceedings and a larger fine or court conviction.
Further details about how to pay will be on the FPN.
What should I do if I don’t feel I’ve been treated fairly?
If you want to appeal against a FPN, have an enquiry, wish to make a complaint, or have problems making a payment, please email email@example.com
What should I do if I see someone dumping waste?
If you witness fly-tipping please note descriptions of people and registration numbers of any vehicles being used. Please report anything that may help us to track these people to firstname.lastname@example.org
- You can use bins without ashtrays; extinguish the cigarette first, then place it in the bin.
- Not having a bin to hand is not an excuse for littering.
- Placing a cigarette end down a drain is still an offence which will result in a fine.
- Failure to give your name and address is an offence under the Environment Protection Act 1990 Section 88 (8B).