Northampton Borough Council has now awarded its environmental enforcement contract, which will encourage people to use bins rather than drop their rubbish on the ground.
Following the tender process, Kingdom Security Ltd has been commissioned for an initial three-year period. The company has been instructed to patrol in Northampton focusing initially on the town centre in a bid to cut down on the amount of littering, which currently takes place.
Part of Kingdom’s remit will be to encourage members of the public to use the numerous bins provided throughout the town rather than drop their rubbish on the ground. Anyone caught littering will be issued a fixed penalty notice, including those dropping cigarette butts or chewing gum.
Throughout the initial contract, the council can expand the service to cover patrols in areas outside the town centre and possibly fly-tipping. If necessary it can be extended for up to two years.
Kingdom will also be responsible for administering all fines including a robust appeals process. Operatives will use body-worn cameras to gather evidence to support their actions.
Performance will be monitored throughout the contract and enforcement activity should result in a downward trend in the number of littering incidents.
Councillor Mike Hallam, cabinet member for environment, said: “Our aim with this contract is to educate people that littering our beautiful town is not okay.
“Those caught dropping their rubbish without a care can expect to receive a fine, though a key part of this contract is about changing behaviours.
“Income from fines will pay for the service, so it is cost-neutral to the taxpayer. It will also help to determine what other enforcement measures might be added.
“But crucially, we have introduced a clause which prevents Kingdom from offering commission to staff on the number of fines handed out. This will mean people will not be fined for the sake of it.”