THURROCK Council street cleansing teams have been trained to identify evidence in fly-tips they encounter around the borough.
Where evidence is found in a fly-tip which can be traced back, the person responsible could face an unlimited fine and up to five years in prison.
Any information discovered will be passed onto council enforcement officers to investigate fully. Residents can be liable for their rubbish being dumped by someone they have paid to take it away.
Since Cabinet agreed to continue funding clean it, cut it, fill it for this year, the barrow-beats which had been re-introduced will be continue, meaning towns across the borough have benefited from more regular street cleaning.
There is now a presence in Grays Town Centre from 6am – 6pm as well as barrow-beats in north, central and east Grays, outer Tilbury, East Tilbury, Stanford, Homesteads, Aveley and South Ockendon.
Cllr Aaron Watkins, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “During the pilot scheme, we introduced barrow beats into nine areas across the borough and I am pleased we can keep them going after the pilot.
“Not only does this mean that streets are being cleaned more regularly, but it also give residents the chance to speak to the team and let them know if they have any concerns in the area.
“Fly-tipping blights our communities and we will continue to deal with it robustly as we build a borough that works for everyone, including identifying those responsible for dumping the rubbish and taking action against them.
“Residents must make sure whoever takes away their rubbish is properly licensed, as if their rubbish is found dumped they could be fined. This council continues to have a committed approach to not only cleaning up the borough but tackling fly tipping too.”