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Trafford Council has turned to a private contractor against environmental crime. Since January, officers from Kingdom Environmental Enforcement Service are carrying out street patrols in the Old Trafford and Stretford areas. Newton le Willows-based Kingdom’s officers will wear Trafford Council uniforms and carry body cameras while on patrol.
They can issue on-the-spot £80 fines to people caught dropping litter, which includes cigarette butts and chewing gum. Kingdom are also to target fly-tippers who can be fined £200 or prosecuted. The 12-month pilot scheme is self-financing; that is, the costs of enforcement will be met from the income from the fines. Any other money generated from the fines will be ring-fenced and invested in similar environmental schemes.
The council is asking for any incidents of waste being dumped to be reported. Descriptions of people, and any vehicle registrations, should be emailed to [email protected]
Councillor John Reilly, Executive Member for Highways, Parks and the Environment, said: “The council is passionate about ensuring our local neighbourhoods are clean and attractive places to live in. However, we still face problems with more and more rubbish being dumped in alleyways and litter being dropped. This is something we have never tolerated and will take even tougher action to show we are serious about tacking this issue. We have listened to our communities, and we have decided to take even tougher action; you’re fed up, we’re fed up. We’re asking everyone for their support, so that together we can make where you live a place to be really proud of.”