Bedford Borough Council is cracking down even harder on littering, and has contracted ‘Kingdom’ to provide Environmental Protection Services from this month.
The Council has long had a zero tolerance policy towards littering and other environment offences, has issued over 900 fines for littering in the last three years, and launched the long-term ‘Why Would You’ campaign to discourage this kind of behaviour.
Despite all of this people continue to drop litter and the Council is hitting back, appointing ‘Kingdom’.
Anyone caught dropping litter will be given a Fixed Penalty Notice by Kingdom’s officers, who will patrol the streets and public places wearing body cameras from this month. While Kingdom will initially focus on litter, they will start enforcing for other environmental offences such as dog fouling later in the year.
The scheme itself won’t cost the council, and therefore tax payers, a penny as it is self-financing, with costs being covered by the income from the Fixed Penalty Notices paid by those who litter, and commit other environment offences.
Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for the Environment said “While our own officers have a number of different jobs to do, ‘Kingdom’ staff will be patrolling our streets focused on tackling environment offences to deal with the selfish minority who spoil our neighbourhoods for everyone. Littering is a crime and if you are seen by one of these officers dropping even a cigarette butt or bit of chewing gum, you will be fined £75.”