Gloucester City Council has partnered with environmental enforcement company 3GS, to supply patrolling, enforcement and investigation services within Gloucester to help us tackle environmental crime.
Environmental enforcement officers will patrol the City daily to cut down environmental crime and increase environmental awareness. Anyone caught littering will be issued a minimum £75 fixed penalty notice charge on the spot. Failure to pay the fixed penalty notice charge will mean the case is transferred to a court prosecution process.
Environmental crime has a negative impact on the street scene and costs tax payers a significant amount of money each year.
People caught dropping litter, fly tipping and allowing their dogs to foul in public spaces will face on-the-spot fines between £75 and £400. The fine amount is dependant upon the type of offence. These fines are known as Fixed Penalty Notices.
Environmental offences for litter, fly-tipping and dog fouling
Environmental crime has a negative impact on our streets and costs tax payers and the council thousands of pounds each year.
You can be fined between £75 and £400 for:
- flyposting (example: putting posters on lamp posts or building walls)
- dog fouling
- not presenting waste properly or disposing of domestic commercial waste illegally.
Environmental offences are criminal in nature and not civil offences.
Receiving a fine and how to pay
Enforcement officers will be authorised to issue you with an on-the-spot fixed penalty notice.
Giving your details to enforcement officers
You must give your full name and address to the Enforcement Officer if you’re caught committing an environmental offence. Officers will verify an individual’s identity by using electronic ID verification systems.
It is a criminal offence if you do not provide this information (Section 88(8a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990). The maximum penalty for not providing this information is £1,000 and a criminal conviction.
Paying the fine
You will be able to pay the fixed penalty notice:
- online to the enforcement service provider
- by telephone on 01256 898911 (9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday)
- by post to Payment Manager, Payment Centre, PO Box 6941, Basingstoke, RG24 4UZ
You’ll need to pay your fine within 14 days.
If you pay your fine within 10 days you’ll only have to pay the reduced rate.
Offenders who don’t pay the fine
If you refuse to pay the fixed penalty notice, then your case would progress to the local Magistrate’s Court. The maximum penalty on conviction is £2,500, a criminal conviction and any associated costs.
Issuing fines to young people
Children younger than 10 years old can’t be issued with a fixed penalty notice.
If a young child drops litter, we would expect the parent or carer to pick it up and dispose of it.
What information we keep about the fines
We keep records of:
- fixed penalty notices we have issued, from issuing the fine to payment or prosecution
- evidence if the case has to go to court.
These officers are employed by 3GS Environment Solutions. They will wear body cameras to gather evidence and identify offenders. They will follow government guidelines to ensure that all fines are issued responsibly.
The enforcement officers wear polo shirts with the 3GS logo on them, and the Gloucester City Council emblem on their epaulettes. They also carry warrant cards to identify themselves.
The officers will not be paid incentives or commission for issuing fines. 3GS Environment Solutions are not allowed to receive performance pay, commission or bonuses linked to the number of tickets issued.
Fines will be issued under the Environment Protection Act 1990, the Clean Neighbourhoods & Environment Act 2005 and the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003. Officers are legally entitled to enter commercial properties to deal with offences under these criminal acts.
Cost of enforcement
The service will run at no cost to the local taxpayer. It is totally funded by the fixed penalty fines.
3GS are not allowed to use the enforcement as a revenue generator and there are no targets for the numbers of fixed penalty notices issued. If any surplus is generated by 3GS it shall be used for education and promotional campaigns.