Council to get tough on fly tipping
BRISTOL City Council is about to get tough on people who commit environmental crime in and around Fishponds.
The authority is set to appoint a new company - 3GS - to focus on issues across the city including fly tipping, fly posting, commercial waste, abandoned vehicles and graffiti tagging.
3GS officers will also have powers to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to people who commit offences such as dropping litter or failing to clear up dog mess.
Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees said: "Making the city a cleaner, more pleasant place to live and work remains one of my main priorities. Over recent weeks many people have contacted me about unacceptable levels of fly tipping and littering in their areas, so it really need tackling.
"Keeping our city clean is the responsibility of everyone; we can all take small actions which go a long way, like reporting fly tippers and ensuring we always pick up our dog mess."
After a tender exercise in which three companies bid and subject to finalisation of the agreement with the council, 3GS will take over environmental enforcement in the city from Kingdom.
The council says 3GS has significant experience in the field of environmental enforcement and provides 13 environmental enforcement contracts across the UK.
The service will continue to be delivered at no cost to the authority and will be met through the payment of the FPNs.
3GS will carry out enforcement in accordance with the council enforcement policy. It is a contractual requirement that no inducement or reward will be paid to 3GS or by 3GS to its staff on the basis that an FPN is issued.
Martin Jerrold, group managing director of 3GS, said: "3GS provides proportionate, high quality enforcement services to help local authorities maintain cleaner and greener neighbourhoods.
"Part of our mission is to educate and inform businesses and members of public that offences such as littering and fly-tipping are offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and will not be tolerated.
"3GS will be deploying 10 experienced and professional enforcement officers throughout the city and outer city regions for a two year contract to issue Fixed Penalty Notices and deliver a range of educational initiatives to make the community aware of the consequences of littering and dog fouling and contribute to creating a greener environment for the area.
"We are grateful for Bristol City Council for entrusting 3GS with a high-profile frontline service such as this."
Any surplus the contract generates will continue to be reinvested by the council to tackle environmental issues.