Kingston Council taking tougher actions on fly tipping

6 September 2021

Innovative Internet of Things (IoT) camera sensors will be installed as part of the InnOvaTe Project in 10 housing sites across the borough to discourage fly tipping.

The new cameras will activate when motion is detected in areas that have persistent fly tipping problems. 

Cllr John Sweeney, Portfolio Holder for Business and Leisure at Kingston Council, said:

“Sadly, fly-tipping has increased across London during the pandemic. While Kingston has the lowest fly-tipping rates in London there are several locations on housing estates that need attention.

 

Using this technology we can have our eyes on those ‘hotspots’ 24/7. Residents expect the Council to catch, fine and prosecute persistent fly-tippers. These cameras along with additional enforcement officers joining us soon will help fight against fly-tipping in Kingston.”

The cameras take still images when activated which are then sent to an enforcement officer for review. If fly tipping is seen to have occurred, the relevant team will be notified. No personal data will be stored or used unless necessary for enforcement purposes.

There are many ways you can help reduce fly tipping across Kingston: 

  1. If you’re looking for a company to take away items like old furniture, building rubble or old appliances, make sure you choose one which is a licensed waste carrier. You can find one by calling the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506 or visiting their website.
  2. If donating to charity shops, please don’t leave items outside. Only donate when they are open and confirm that they can accept your donations.
  3. Use your kerbside recycling and rubbish collection service. Find out what you can put in your bins.
  4. Only put your bins and bags out on your collection day. Check your collection day.
  5. Use your Household Reuse and Recycling Centre (HRRC). Book a visit to the HRRC.
  6. Use your council’s bulky waste collection service to get rid of big items. Book a bulky waste collection.
  7. Report fly tipping on our website.

Sensors will be installed in the following locations:

  • Chaffinch Close, Surbiton, KT6 7PQ
  • Penrhyn Gardens, Surbiton Road, KT1 2EG 
  • Alpha Road Estate, Surbiton, KT5 8SN
  • Alpha Road Estate, Surbiton, KT5 8SL
  • Sheep House Way Estate
  • Ameston KT3 5PU
  • Meldone KT3 5PF 
  • School Lane Estate, Surbiton, KT6 7QH
  • Dale Court Estate, Kingston, KT2 6JH
  • Milffield / Greenleas, Kingston, KT1 2RP
  • Cambridge Road Estate, Childerley, KT1 3HW
  • Cambridge Road Estate, Burwell , KT1 3EQ

About the InnOvaTe Project

South London Partnership is working with London Councils to deliver an exciting and innovative “Internet of Things” (IoT) project across the five south London Councils of Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Richmond upon Thames and Sutton.

This initiative is funded by the Strategic Investment Pot (SIP) as part of the London Councils Business Rates Retention scheme which is administered by the City of London Corporation, and hopes to improve people’s lives through the delivery of a multi-purpose Internet of Things (IoT) platform, which will connect various sensors across borough boundaries.

The project is led by Sutton Council, which was selected to oversee the project on behalf of the other boroughs.

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