UK - Bin bag 'spy camera' to enforce refuse rules


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Jeff White
June 16, 2007, 05:54 PM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=OTUHAGT0JU0JLQFIQMGSFF4AVCBQWIV0?xml=/news/2007/06/16/nbins116.xml
Bin bag 'spy camera' to enforce refuse rules

Last Updated: 1:23am BST 16/06/2007

A council is to hide a camera in a bin bag to catch residents who do not follow new rules about putting out the rubbish.

Rubbish bins: Bin bag 'spy camera' to enforce refuse rules
A spy camera will be put in a rubbish bag left in an alleyway

Householders in a seaside town have been told to put their bins out at the front of their homes and not in an alleyway to the rear.

They must also leave their rubbish out between set times to ensure it does not attract pests or miss the dust cart.

To enforce the new rules, a camera will be placed in a rubbish bag and left in an alleyway to blend in with the surroundings to catch offenders. Those filmed breaking the rules will be given a ticking off.

Repeat offenders could be handed a fixed penalty notice or even be taken to court and fined up to 1,000.

The tiny covert camera, which has cost Weymouth and Portland Council, Dorset, up to 10,000, will also help catch householders who put their rubbish out too early or too late.

The initiative has shocked local taxpayers. The spy camera is being introduced in the Park district in Weymouth, an area that suffers from fly-tipping. Residents in the area will have to follow strict rules which come into force on June 22.

They will only be allowed to put out their rubbish between 8pm and 6am the night before collection and it will have to be at the front of their homes.

Peter Bury, the council environmental health officer, said the camera will help enforce the new rules but also catch fly-tippers, graffiti artists and drug dealers.

He said: "As well as the alleyways we will also place the camera in bushes or a brick wall to catch fly tippers, and drug dealers."

Mr Bury said the device will not be hooked up to a control room and staff will study the footage after a few hours filming.

He said refuse collectors will be alerted as to when and where it will placed in bin bags to stop them carting it off as rubbish. In March, a London borough announced plans to hide cameras in tin cans and bricks to catch out offenders.

Ealing council in west London said the hidden cameras would catch people committing "major envirocrimes".

More than 30 councils have already secretly fitted microchips to wheelie bins as the Government comes under increasing pressure to increase recycling rates.

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pacodelahoya
June 16, 2007, 06:00 PM
Coming to a precinct near you.

Do they have special tac teams to enforce these envirocrimes?

Sage of Seattle
June 16, 2007, 06:10 PM
Ealing council in west London said the hidden cameras would catch people committing "major envirocrimes".

So hauling one's rubbish to the curb an hour early is considered a "major envirocrime?"

Wow. Just.... wow.


More than 30 councils have already secretly fitted microchips to wheelie bins as the Government comes under increasing pressure to increase recycling rates.

If it's such a good idea, why then the secrecy?


Oh, and what is 'fly tipping?'

jselvy
June 16, 2007, 06:10 PM
And this is why my council rates are going up.

Jefferson

sm
June 16, 2007, 06:18 PM
In further news today the DSB (Department of Sanitation Blissninnies), have installed microchips into toilet paper holders to insure the serfs do not use more than the allocated 3 squares of tissue paper while using the poopie-pot.
"it is a crappy job, but someone has to save the Queen" one anonymous spokesman shared.

Related Story :

TSA in the US is upset they did not think of installing these devices into trash cans sooner into airports.
"We already make a killing from selling on Ebay what we steal from passengers coming through, now we can increase revenue from bins of those items passengers and the ones coming to pick up/ send off others in areas toss into them before reaching Secure areas"



Is it time to raid the UK and assist our Brothers & Sisters yet?

jselvy
June 16, 2007, 06:20 PM
Free Scotland then worry about the rest of the durned Island

Jefferson

.cheese.
June 16, 2007, 06:22 PM
I'll bet they're ticked off after being given a ticking off.

Orthonym
June 16, 2007, 06:23 PM
I sorta hate to say this, because I might, myself, be justifiably accused of using up oxygen and taking up space, but:


There really are more humans on the planet than there are useful things for them to do, so silly busybody things are invented for them to do.

That is, Trash Police. With Electronic IT Assistance.

longeyes
June 16, 2007, 06:28 PM
So what they say about the Brits is true...? "They like to watch."

Sage of Seattle
June 16, 2007, 06:31 PM
Thanks everyone for you help!

Fly-tipping or dumping is a British term for illegally dumping waste somewhere other than an authorized landfill. It is the illegal deposit of any waste onto land, i.e., waste dumped or tipped on a site with no licence to accept waste.

Since this is something like the fourth post I've made today and having been ignored completely, even with others posting almost verbatim what I had said up-thread, I'm giving it up for the day.

*re-lurks*

Orthonym
June 16, 2007, 06:37 PM
Aw, Sage, don't take it so hard! It's the Internet, after all!

(In other words, children can be _so_ cruel!)


Snork!

McCall911
June 16, 2007, 07:49 PM
Sorry, Sage. Like Orthonym said, it's the internet.
Lots of people in these forums don't pay the least amount of attention to what's been posted before. It's really amusing sometimes.

Anyway...try not to take it personally.

TallPine
June 16, 2007, 07:56 PM
Those filmed breaking the rules will be given a ticking off.


Did I read that right ??????

All the way through, I kept thinking that I was reading a comedy article.

Don Gwinn
June 16, 2007, 09:32 PM
Fly-dumping means the same thing in the U.S., Sage, but look at the article. They mentioned "fly-tipping" but the actual description of what they're trying to catch people doing is not fly-dumping.

McCall911
June 16, 2007, 09:47 PM
Like the Sage of Seattle said, here's the scoop on fly-tipping:

http://www.crimereduction.co.uk/flytipping01.htm

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