Council to combat fly tipping through innovative technology

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Sutton Council has partnered with technology communications company Vodafone to install cameras to catch people and prevent them from tipping over.

Fly tipping is an emerging problem that attracts rats and mice, as well as encouraging more fly tipping and other anti-social behaviors.

After a recent consultation on street cleaning, more than three-quarters of respondents (77%) said they wanted the Council to take a tougher stance against whistleblowers.

The cameras will be tested in different locations throughout the county for 12 months and will be connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) project. The new technology installed will alert the Council when the overthrow occurs and even help identify the culprits.

There was a monthly average of 319 fly-tips reported to the Council at Sutton last year.

As part of the South London Partnership’s InnOvaTe Project, the new sensors will be installed at locations across Sutton, including areas managed by the Sutton Housing Partnership.

The cameras will notify our enforcement team, who will review the highlighted images and determine if action is needed.

Sanction decisions will be taken by the team, as the cameras do not automatically issue fines or penalties.

Councilor Manuel Abellan, Chairman of the Sutton Council Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee, said:
“The council’s SCRAP IT campaign last year showed residents that we are committed to solving the rollover problem floating around Sutton.

“It is important that we continue to work hard to make Sutton cleaner and safer. As part of the council’s ambitious plans to support the borough’s post-Covid recovery, this exciting and innovative technology is another way to help residents enjoy working, living and spending time in the borough. There will be a way.”

Vodafone Business Director Nick Gliddon said:
“Councils need low-cost, easy-to-implement solutions like this if they’re going to solve problems like flying. We are happy to support the Sutton council with our smart cameras and IoT network.”

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