We have a team of dedicated Environmental Enforcement Officers who patrol the streets of Sutton to identify, investigate and take enforcement action against all types of fly-tipping and other environmental offences. The uniformed officers are provided by our enforcement partner, Kingdom Services Group, and they work alongside Sutton Council Enforcement Officers to tackle the problem of fly-tipping in the borough.
The team of uniformed Enforcement Officers cover the entire borough but focus their attention on known fly-tipping hotspots. They are instructed to patrol and enforce proportionately and should always be approachable to members of the public. They also act as a visible deterrent to offenders.
The Enforcement Officers have the power to issue £400 on-the-spot penalty fines to people who fly-tip waste on public footpaths and highways. All uniformed Enforcement Officers are equipped with body-worn cameras that are activated when the officers are talking to those committing offences. This protects the public and the officers alike.
Whilst the majority of offences will be dealt with via a fixed penalty notice (FPN), larger fly-tips or repeat offenders may be prosecuted. The Courts view fly-tipping as a serious criminal offence and Judges have various powers available to them to tackle it, including imprisonment, unlimited fines and an order to deprive rights to a vehicle used to commit the offence.
The officers’ focus will be on fly-tipping, but they will also enforce against other environmental crimes including littering (£150 on the spot fine), dog fouling (£80 on the spot fine) and bins left out on the highway (on non-collection days - £60 fine).