Waste Enforcement Officers have undertaken a 5 week operation aimed at detecting and reducing waste crime and non compliance with timed waste collection arrangements in Brent – particularly during evenings and weekends. As part of the operation, officers were deployed to established timed waste collection areas, including Kilburn, Queens Park, Cricklewood Broadway and Willesden, twice a week in the evenings and on Saturdays and Sundays. Extensive visits were also made to Harlesden town centre – part of which became included in the timed waste collection zone on 23rd February.
While out on
patrol, officers made good use of the service’s Fly-tip Monitoring CCTV cars,
parking them at litter or fly-tipping hotspots to act as deterrents as well as
using them to conduct live monitoring of the high streets. This approach
created a visible reduction in the amount of waste being put out on the street.
Officers also found that the cars served as a good catalyst for on street
conversations whereby officers were able to further educate residents and
traders about proper waste controls. While the CCTV cars were being put to good
use as a deterrent, other officers used the sophisticated on-board equipment to
monitor and record video of fly-tipping hotspots on high streets and a number of
fly-tippers were successfully caught on camera.