Friday, 13 March 2015

Waste Enforcement Operation/Brent

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.

(Simon Finney)

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