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CCTV will catch gardeners who illegally dump grass cuttings.

Byline: Neil Elkes Political Correspondent neil.elkes@trinitymirror.com

CCTV cameras are being trained on Birmingham's flytipping hotspots to catch gardeners dumping their grass cuttings.

Mountains of green waste bags piled up across the city after thousands of residents refused to sign up for the PS35 garden tax.

Now the city council is using mobile and fixed-point cameras - previously used to catch out builders fly-tipping rubble - at the worst-hit sites.

City rubbish collection boss Coun Lisa Trickett said: "This is not dumped green waste, it is fly-tipping.

"It is illegal. "The idea you can leave anything by the roadside for the council to pick up for free is wrong and unsustainable."

Already two prosecutions are in the pipeline.

And a handful of PS80 fines have been imposed on those found to have dumped bags of grass cuttings.

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Coun Trickett was giving evidence to the authority's sustainability scrutiny committee, which is carrying out an inquiry into green waste collection.

The Labour-run council has faced a string of other problems since it scrapped its free garden rubbish collection service and imposed a PS35-a-year charge instead.

Birmingham's tips were regularly gridlocked earlier this year as families opted to take their grass cuttings to recycling centres.

Tempers frayed in the huge frayed in the huge T queues and police were called on some occasions. Barely one in ten households opted to pay the garden tax and the cost for this year's remaining pick-ups was slashed in July.

And there were also complaints of missed collections from some of those who opted to pay up. The council stressed that fining or prosecuting residents was a last resort.

do think? uk It said it wanted to provide alternatives to doorstep collections, including initiatives such as funding community composting schemes. The inquiry panel, which has received a huge response from residents throughout the city, will report its findings later this year.

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