The Council is aiming to combat the serious issue of fly-tipping by erecting CCTV cameras to catch offenders in the act.
Environmental Health Officers have identified ‘hotspot’ areas right across the Borough, with warning signage erected to discourage potential offenders and instead get them to use a recycling centre.
Recently one of the cameras detected a local resident dumping unwanted tyres. Thanks to CCTV footage Council officials were able to note the car registration, identify the owner and issue a Fixed Penalty Notice. The resident owned up to the offence and has paid the fine. An offender caught fly-tipping can currently face fines up to a maximum of £50,000 depending on the severity of the case.
Hotspots include the lane off Ballyneary North Road; Lake Rd, Craigavon; Farrans Rampart - Off Bannfoot Rd; the Substation in Victoria Gardens, Lurgan, and New Line Road, Lurgan.
“This Council is very proactive when it comes to the issue of fly-tipping and we refuse to continue to let people get away with such irresponsible behaviour,” commented the Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Darryn Causby.
“Fly-tipping is high on the priority list for Council’s Environmental Health Department due to the quantity and nature of the items that are dumped and the impact it can have on the local environment. We will continue to monitor these hotspot areas but would also encourage residents to report incidents of fly-tipping in your community to the Council, giving details of the location and, if possible, details of perpetrators.”
Council have nine Recycling Centres across the Borough that can be used by residents for the disposal of additional household waste. They include: New Line Recycling Centre, Lurgan; Fairgreen Recycling Centre, Portadown; Keady Recycling Centre; Markethill Recycling Centre; Station Road Recycling Centre, Armagh; Tandragee Recycling Centre; Scarva Road Recycling Centre, Banbridge; Mossvale Road Recycling Centre, Dromore, and Ballyroney Road Recycling Centre. Rathfriland residents are reminded that they should not leave waste outside the recycling centres when they are closed.
A bulky refuse collection service is also available for larger items of household waste at a charge of £6 per lift of up to 3 bulky household items. A collection can be arranged by calling 0300 0300 900. For advice or to report fly-tipping or littering, please contact the Environmental Health Department at: firstname.lastname@example.org