Angry tenants drive HA to deploy 'CSI-style' tactics
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
A Merseyside housing association has deployed 'CSI-style' tactics after tenants' fury over fly-tipping.
Magenta Living's 'Trash Tracker' campaign sees heaps of illegally dumped rubbish cordoned off while a full investigation gets underway.
The abandoned waste is photographed and the evidence becomes a focal point for door to door discussions, asking residents to step forward with trash tracking information.
To date, a number of investigations have proved very successful, serving as both a clean-up exercise by guilty parties and a deterrent to other would-be fly-tippers.
The 12,000-home provider has stressed that Trash Tracker is not a quick fix solution, and without the help of the community the initiative would not be making a difference.
Maureen Davies, Magenta's environmental services manager, said: “We are using Trash Tracker in our determination to show that we will not tolerate fly-tipping in our communities. Heavy fines can be issued for fly-tipping, but with smarter working it is possible to prevent and reduce further problems."
Allan Dollery, Chair of Prenton Dell Residents Association, added: “At the end of the day, local people are victims, offenders and witnesses so it’s up to us to support campaigns like this and stand up against the minority of irresponsible people that don’t dispose of their rubbish properly.”
“Watching the Trash Tracker team in action really is just like the TV Programme CSI especially the methods they use to investigate the waste. I didn’t know that unique codes on goods can even be tracked back to the suppliers it’s amazing the methods they use.”