Moving in on fly-tippers

Merton is going mobile in the quest to combat fly-tipping with a new set of covert CCTV cameras that can be set up anywhere in the borough to gather surveillance evidence of possible fly-tippers.

The covert cameras, consisting of digital cameras, a transmitter and a receiver, can be set up easily in places such as bushes or trees. All the equipment can be transported in a suitcase sized container and takes two people just half an hour to set up. It is hoped that in the future evidence collected by the system will be used in prosecutions for fly-tipping.

Councillor Linda Kirby, Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Quality, said: “The new CCTV equipment will help us to identify and prosecute more fly tippers in Merton and it will act as a deterrent to potential fly-tippers. This is another positive step in our fight against environmental crime and making Merton a safe, clean and green borough.

As well as using the mobile cameras to tackle fly-tipping, the London Borough of Merton will continue to work with the police and the Environment Agency using overt methods to catch fly-tippers.