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Industrialists in Philadelphia take tough stance on fly tippers.

25 April, 2008
Co-operation between the police and businesses in Philadelphia's industrial areas results in surveillance scheme to prevent illegal waste disposal in industrial areas.
By analysing the behaviour of fly tippers in the large American city of Philadelphia, local industrialists now have the ability to set up mobile surveillance cameras to catch people in the act of disposing of their waste on protected territory. Illegal waste disposal has become a thorn in the side for businesses as the clean up costs are invariably borne by them in order to keep their areas clean and prevent prosecution. Tired of being used as a dumping ground for city residents, the business group has now got together with The Richmond Corridor Association and the Manufacturing Alliance of Philadelphia to set up a scheme to bring the fly tippers to justice and provide a deterrent to others who may be tempted to illegally tip their waste.

To do this, the group has pooled its resources and deployed covert surveillance systems which are easily moved to different locations to capture the tippers in the act. The camera systems are of evidential quality and the group is determined to use this evidence to bring about prosecutions.

Following a similar scheme which has had recent successes in neighbouring Richmond, the group hopes this will be the start of a big clean-up in the area which they describe as being a desolate and threatening landscape to visitors arriving off the I-95 motorway into the city. Cleaning up the streets will, in their view, help to retain employees and attract investment into the area which would otherwise continue to stagnate.
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