Council takes WISE approach to littering and dog fouling

Council takes WISE approach to littering and dog fouling

Bassetlaw District Council is extending its commitment to make our district a cleaner place to live, visit and work thanks to a new environment enforcement partnership.

From 1st February 2022, the Council will be working with Waste Investigations Support and Enforcement Limited (WISE) to target people who deliberately drop litter and fail to clean up after their dogs.

Over the last 18 months, the Council has been taking a firm approach to littering and dog fouling by working with Environmental Enforcement Officers who have the powers to issue Fixed Penalty Notices of up to £100 should they witness people littering or failing to clean up after their dog. In this time Officers have issued 86 notices for dog fouling and 3,735 for littering.

In summer 2021, the council asked the public if they would like to continue to see Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) of £100 issued to people for littering and dog fouling offences. More than 85 per cent of respondents were in favour of this approach and the council will continue to take enforcement action.

Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council said: “I welcome this new partnership with WISE and hope that residents see that we mean business when tackling litter and dog fouling in our communities.

“Residents tell us time and again how frustrating it is to see litter, cigarette butts and dog poo out in their communities. Our environment services team and caretakers on housing estates work extremely hard to clean up communities, but a small minority of people continue to drop litter or fail to clean up after their dog.

“We want people to take pride in where they live and we are confident that the professional approach of WISE will continue to reduce the amount of litter and dog poo on our streets and in our communities.”

“I would also like to thank District Enforcement for their support and services over the last 18 months and acknowledge the difference they have helped us to make in this time.”

Environmental Enforcement Officers from WISE will initially enforce the dropping of litter, including cigarette butts, and dog poo as part of a five-year partnership. In time they will also support the council to enforce other offences relating to fly-tipping and Public Spaces Protection Orders.

John Dunne, Manager Director at Waste Investigations Support and Enforcement Ltd (WISE), welcomed the partnership saying: “WISE is excited to be working in partnership with Bassetlaw District Council and to play our part in keeping such a beautiful place clean and tidy, with our sole ambition to reduce the amount of littering and dog fouling on the streets.

“We have a dedicated team of officers who will, on a daily basis, patrol the whole district and take a fair and proportionate approach to the issuance of a fixed penalty notice for any environmental crime offences they witness.”

Waste Investigations Support and Enforcement Limited (WISE) have been given powers by Bassetlaw District Council to issue Fixed Penalty Notices of £100 for littering and dog fouling. Should the FPN not be paid, the offender could face prosecution and a potential fine of up to £2,500.

Environmental Enforcement Officers receive intensive training and ongoing professional development to maintain high standards. They will also wear Body Cameras to capture interaction between Officers and members of the public.

Members of the public who have been issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice up to 1st February 2022 will still deal directly with District Enforcement. Any Fixed Penalty Notices issued after this date will be administered by WISE.

You can find more information about Waste Investigations Support and Enforcement Limited (WISE) and the Council’s policy of issuing Fixed Penalty Notices by visiting the Environment Crime section of where you will also find a handy list of Frequently Asked Questions.

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Last Updated on Monday, March 21, 2022