Gwynedd, Wales — Gwynedd Council have adopted a new GPS tracking system developed by Fly-tipping Action Wales to better analyse fly-tipping trends and types of problem waste, enabling them to utilise resources in a more intelligence led way. The so called FlyMapper system enables waste officers to photograph and plot fly-tipping incidents onto a GPS mapping system in real time using a smartphone app, giving a better visual representation of the true scale of the fly-tipping problem in that area.
Officers can use the information in support of an authorisation to conduct surveillance at a fly-tipping hot spot and for inclusion in a prosecution case file, helping to bring fly-tippers to justice.
Peter Simpson, Streetscene Manager at Gwynedd County Council, underlined: „We are very pleased to work with Fly-tipping Action Wales on their new FlyMapper system. Various incidents have been mapped within the first month, and benefits are already apparent, the map illustrates the concentrations of incidents, and over time will allow for targeted campaigns to reduce fly-tipping in those areas.”
“The ability to produce records including photographs, exact locations, dates, times and waste types, will be of great benefit for intelligence led intervention, as well as being able to report findings in a clearly understandable format. FlyMapper will make it far easier to establish patterns of offender’s behaviour and quickly provide sufficient evidence to ensure their prosecution and conviction”, Peter Simpson added.
Gary Evans, Programme Manager of Fly-tipping Action Wales, commented: “No one organisation can tackle fly-tipping in isolation which is why we developed Flymapper to improve cross border working and enable our partners to operate in a more intelligence led way, so not a single resource is wasted. FlyMapper is more than just a recording system, it is also an effective enforcement tool that will provide local authorities with that robust evidence base which is so vital in ensuring the successful prosecution of these criminals. With over £2 million of tax payers money being spent every year in clean up costs, I don’t think many people would disagree that this system is a vital step change in us creating a future for Wales which is free from fly-tipping.”
Zero Waste Scotland and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency successfully trialled the Flymapper system last year and have been working closely with Fly-tipping Action Wales in development of the smartphone app. It is Fly-tipping Action Wales’ vision that all local authorities in Wales will be adopting this technology over the next two years.
Source: Gwynedd Council