New team launched to tackle on-street litter

Environmental Enforcement officers

A brand new team of enforcement officers have taken to the streets this month in a bid to tackle people who deliberately drop litter or who don't clean up after their dog.

The Environmental Enforcement Team has been launched in response to public concerns about the litter, cigarette butts and dog excrement which are dropped onto Gateshead's streets every day.

Team members began patrolling areas of Gateshead known to be littering troublespots earlier this month and have been issuing warnings instead of fines - but that's now changed.

Anyone they spot either dropping litter or not cleaning up after their dog, or not having the means to clean up after their dog, is now likely to receive an immediate £75 fixed penalty notice.

And because littering and dog fouling are both criminal offences, anyone who refuses to pay could be taken to court.

We have been gradually ramping up its efforts to tackle littering, fly tipping and dog fouling across Gateshead. The new team is tasked with carrying out regular patrols throughout the day and evening across the borough.

As well as dog excrement and litter, the team has also been tasked to deal with other problems such as graffiti and fly posting. Much of their work is expected to be intelligence-led using information passed to us by members of the public and local councillors.

It is hoped that the presence of these officers on the street, and the risk of fines and prosecutions, will encourage people to dispose of the rubbish more responsibly and make the job of keeping the streets of Gateshead clean much easier.

"Litter and dog fouling are two of the most regular complaints we receive from the public," says Councillor John McElroy, Cabinet member for the Environment. "Residents have clearly had enough of those people who seemingly don't care about the effects their behaviour has on their neighbours.

"The Environmental Enforcement Team will probably come as a shock to those people, but with luck they'll quickly realise that it's a lot easier - and a lot cheaper - to do the right thing and just to drop your litter into a litter bin or to pick up after your dog."

A recent residents' survey suggested that almost half of local residents regarded clean streets as one of their top three major priorities, with 45% stating that litter was one of the top five issues that needed addressing in their areas.

To report something to the Environment Enforcement Team, residents should email environmentalenforcement@gateshead.gov.uk or phone 0191 433 2143.

Two EE Officers on Coatsworth Road
11 January 2019

A brand new team of enforcement officers have taken to the streets this month in a bid to tackle people who deliberately drop litter or who don't clean up after their dog.

The Environmental Enforcement Team has been launched in response to public concerns about the litter, cigarette butts and dog excrement which are dropped onto Gateshead's streets every day.

Team members began patrolling areas of Gateshead known to be littering troublespots earlier this month and have been issuing warnings instead of fines - but that's now changed.

Anyone they spot either dropping litter or not cleaning up after their dog, or not having the means to clean up after their dog, is now likely to receive an immediate £75 fixed penalty notice.

And because littering and dog fouling are both criminal offences, anyone who refuses to pay could be taken to court.

We have been gradually ramping up its efforts to tackle littering, fly tipping and dog fouling across Gateshead. The new team is tasked with carrying out regular patrols throughout the day and evening across the borough.

As well as dog excrement and litter, the team has also been tasked to deal with other problems such as graffiti and fly posting. Much of their work is expected to be intelligence-led using information passed to us by members of the public and local councillors.

It is hoped that the presence of these officers on the street, and the risk of fines and prosecutions, will encourage people to dispose of the rubbish more responsibly and make the job of keeping the streets of Gateshead clean much easier.

"Litter and dog fouling are two of the most regular complaints we receive from the public," says Councillor John McElroy, Cabinet member for the Environment. "Residents have clearly had enough of those people who seemingly don't care about the effects their behaviour has on their neighbours.

"The Environmental Enforcement Team will probably come as a shock to those people, but with luck they'll quickly realise that it's a lot easier - and a lot cheaper - to do the right thing and just to drop your litter into a litter bin or to pick up after your dog."

A recent residents' survey suggested that almost half of local residents regarded clean streets as one of their top three major priorities, with 45% stating that litter was one of the top five issues that needed addressing in their areas.

To report something to the Environment Enforcement Team, residents should email environmentalenforcement@gateshead.gov.uk or phone 0191 433 2143.

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