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Busy first day for Harlow’s new litter wardens

Harlow Council / Fri 14th Aug 2020 at 07:53am

AS we reported earlier this week Harlow Council has entered into a year’s trial with National Enforcement Solutions (NES) to provide environmental enforcement services in the town giving them responsibility for enforcing legislation around fly-tipping, dog fouling, littering, as well as domestic and commercial waste.

So we asked Harlow Council to report back on how the first day went.

A Harlow Council spokesperson said: ” On their first day of enforcement activity 54 fixed penalty notices were issued for:

50 x Littering
2 x Fly tipping
1 x Household Duty of Care
1 x Dog Fouling

A team of environmental crime officers from NES are now out and about targeting those antisocial people who don’t dispose of their litter in a responsible way or fail to pick up after their dogs and dump waste. The new team will increase enforcement activity across the town working with the public to identify and target hot spot areas where these offences continue to happen. The officers are paid an hourly rate and do not receive any bonuses or performance pay whatsoever for the number of notices issued.

Anyone caught fly-tipping can be issued with a £200 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) or if they are observed littering, they will be issued with an on the spot £80 FPN. Dog fouling carries a £50 FPN.

Keeping the town clean and tidy remains a priority for the council and fly-tipping, littering and dog fouling continue to be an issue in the town particularly during the recent lockdown. The new partnership will give the council extra enforcement capacity to deal with these issues.

Street cleaning currently costs Harlow Council over £2m per year and every year tonnes of litter and dumped waste is collected from street cleaning rounds.

National Enforcement Solutions are a specialist supplier of environmental crime services to councils across the UK and also work in partnership with Basildon Council and London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

Litter, fly-tipping and dog fouling can be reported to the council at www.harlow.gov.uk/safety-and-crime/report-street-problem

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