Bath & North East Somerset Council is taking steps to tackle fly-tipping across the area by installing warning signs and CCTV in fly-tipping hotspots.
Warning signs will be placed in these hotspot areas to ensure the public are informed that fly-tipping is a crime and that CCTV may be in use in the area.
The warning signs will also serve as a deterrent to those considering fly-tipping.
The exact number and positioning of the signs will take into account how the public access the area.
Footage will be encrypted and only accessed by the Council for prosecution purposes, where an offence is believed to have been committed, in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998).
If no fly-tipping/crime has been recorded, the footage will be recorded over.
Councillor Martin Veal (Conservative, Bathavon North), Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “Fly-tipping is illegal – it causes a blot on the landscape of our beautiful surroundings, and fly-tippers ruin the quality of life for every other law-abiding citizen.
“In addition, it costs the Council thousands of pounds per year to clear up – money which could be better spent on providing essential front line services elsewhere.
“Overall we hope that through the deterrent of warning signs, risk of being caught on CCTV and potential prosecution, the number of fly-tipping incidents across Bath and North East Somerset will decrease.
“We are purposefully not listing the specific hot spots we are targeting as we don’t want to encourage fly-tippers to use alternative areas.”
The warning signs will be installed this week (commencing 28th March).