Environmental enforcement officers patrol in the Vale of Glamorgan as new measures to tackle littering and environmental crime have come into effect.
Littering, dog fouling, and graffiti will all be tackled by specialist officers, employed by private enforcement contractors 3GS, who have the power to issue on-the-spot penalties of £75.
The officers will be patrolling streets, parks, playing fields and open spaces throughout the Vale and have legal powers to stop anyone they see committing an environmental crime such as littering.
Covert operations and investigations will also be carried out to tackle fly-tipping.
The team will also be targeting irresponsible business owners, who fail to ensure rubbish is disposed of correctly, by leaving bags of waste on streets or allowing commercial bins to overflow. In these cases fixed penalty notices of up to £300 can be issued.
Report an Issue
You can report cases of littering, dog fouling, fly tipping or graffiti via our online forms:
Pay a Fine
FPNs can be paid for over the phone by calling:
To pay by post, the notice must be sent along with a cheque or postal order payment to:
3GS (UK) Limited
PO BOX 6941
Cheques and postal orders must be made payable to ‘3GS (UK) Limited’
What is the definition of litter?
Litter has no strict definition, it includes ANYTHING that is discarded and is described this
way by the Legislation.
How do I report someone I think has been littering?
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org
, submit a report online or contact CIV on 01446 700111.
How will the Enforcement Officer know if someone gives the correct name?
Enforcement Officers are able to verify individual identities utilising the latest
electronic ID verification system.
What if someone refuses to give their name?
It is a Criminal Offence under Section 88(8B) of the Environmental Protection Act for a person to fail to provide an Enforcement Officer with their full name and address, or provide a false name or address. The maximum penalty for such a refusal is £1,000 and a criminal conviction in the Magistrate’s Court.
Will fines be reduced if they are paid early?
There are no reductions for early payments.
What if I don’t pay?
An offender will be given 14 days following the date of issue to pay a FPN. If they fail to do so, the Council will seek a conviction through the Magistrate’s Court. If convicted, the offender will receive a criminal record and a fine of up to £2500. This is due to environmental offences being Criminal in nature and not Civil.
Will the introduction of this new service be a cost to the local taxpayer?
The service will be at zero cost to the local taxpayer and will be fully funded by the generation of the FPNs.
Is the Council using this as an income generator?
Local Authorities are not allowed to use enforcement as an income generator. The sole purpose of enforcement action is to clean up the streets and open spaces within the Vale of Glamorgan, not generate income.
Are these new Enforcement Officers paid incentives/commission for issuing
All enforcement officers are salaried, with zero incentives offered for issuing fixed penalty notices. This process would be unethical and unlawful.
What’s the difference between Parking (PCN) and an Environmental (FPN) fine?
Parking offences are CIVIL and can only be pursued through the County Court, with
the offenders receiving no criminal records.
Can I appeal against my FPN?
Any appeal against a FPN offence must be made through the Magistrates Court. Any appeals against the issuing of a FPN should be made directly to 3GS. Please contact 3GS on 01256 898 913 for further information regarding this.
Where can I get further information?
Please email email@example.com
or ring CIV on 01446 700111