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LITTER MENACE: Council launches pilot camera scheme to catch offenders

Thursday 4th March 2021

A PILOT scheme to bring to book “thousands” of litter louts who hurl mess from cars will be launched next month.
“LitterCam” camera devices are to be installed to nail the culprits.

Rubbish, much of it from fast food outlets, strewn over roads and verges has become a serious problem. Vehicle keepers will be hit with fines of up to £120.

MBC already has officers with powers to fine people who drop litter, and last year 200 were issued.

Liberal Democrat Cllr Derek Mortimer, chairman of the communities, housing and environment committee, said he expects thousands of tickets to be generated by the cameras.

Although the cost of the MBC pilot is confidential, he hopes the scheme will become self-funding.

Cllr Mortimer said the project will target problem hotspots, such as junctions and roundabouts, with four or five cameras at once to ascertain the level of the problem before moving on.

Litter-picking volunteer teams in rural communities already regularly lift dozens of sacks of rubbish.

Leeds villager and litter picker Lesley Martin welcomed the idea but said: “Do people want these sort of cameras? I don't mind, but others might.”

Picture shows Leeds litter pickers Peter Martin, Alastair Pollock and Cllr Gill Fort.