Illegal Dumping Surveillance Program
The City of Winnipeg has begun installing high-resolution camera equipment at various locations throughout the city in order to address illegal dumping activities, with the purpose of:
- Identifying and prosecuting those who commit illegal dumping.
- Deterring the number of illegal dumping incidents at target locations.
The Council-approved two-year pilot project will see high-resolution CCTV technology used to assist in identifying vehicles and/or persons that are illegally dumping in priority sites, which have been determined through consultation with community stakeholders, City of Winnipeg departments, and enforcement officers. Cameras will be periodically moved from location to location.
The pilot project's goal is to help develop and maintain safe, orderly, viable and sustainable communities and to promote and maintain the health, safety and well-being of Winnipeggers.
Will this impact residents' privacy in the area where cameras are set up?
- The cameras will be placed in a manner that captures activities in open public spaces (such as roadways, places of business), where there is a low expectation of personal privacy.
What will happen to people who are caught illegally dumping on surveillance video?
- Persons responsible will be identified, and will include the registered owner of a vehicle being used to commit the offence, whether or not that person is present at the time of the offence. Common Offence Notices (tickets) will be issued, and the accused will have to pay a fine and/or appear in Provincial By-law Court.
What are the fines associated with illegal dumping?
- Fines can be found in SCHEDULE "B" of The Neighbourhood Liveability By-law.
- The fines related to illegal dumping are currently set out as:
Offence Penalty categories Minimum fine Reduced early consent payment s. 53(2) – Littering $100 $50 s. 53(3) - Dumping garbage Individual
s. 53(4) – Large scale dumping of garbage Individual
s. 53(5) - own or operate a vehicle used in large scale dumping of garbage Individual
How will the City determine where to set up cameras?
- Community By-law Enforcement Services will consult with the Water and Waste and Public Works Departments, as well as with local Residents' Associations to determine areas where the highest incidences of illegal dumping occur, and where the placement of the cameras would have the most benefit to the community.
How long is this program expected to operate?
- This pilot project will start in the spring of 2016 and will run for a period of two full calendar years.
How was this project funded?
- Community By-law Enforcement Services (CBES) received its funding for this pilot project from the Standing Policy Committee on Innovation in 2015.
What is the retention period for these images?
- Each stand-alone CCTV unit will retain images for a maximum of 7 days or until over-written by new images; whichever occurs first.
- Images stored on Community By-law Enforcement Service's Secure Network will be retained for a maximum of 21 days (subject to change).
- Images used for any part of any legal investigation or information request will be retained in accordance with applicable data retention rules or regulations.
Who will see these images?
- All images will be subject to review as deemed necessary by designated staff of Community By-law Enforcement Services.
- Images will be released from this program to:
- A Community By-law Enforcement officer for an Illegal Dumping Investigation.
- A Police Officer for an active Criminal Investigation Request by a police agency.
- Images used as evidence as part of a prosecution for illegal dumping or criminal investigation may become public record.
- All other requests for access to images captured by CCTV cameras in this surveillance program are governed by applicable sections set out in The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
- The authority for the collection of personal information is provided for in Sections 36 and 37 of The Act. Questions about the collection and use of personal information recorded through this program can be directed to CMS-FIPPA@winnipeg.ca.
What should residents do if they witness someone illegally dumping garbage from a vehicle?
- Residents can make a report to 311 and provide as much detail as possible as to the location of the incident, including:
- Exact address or site or general location of site. Providing the location of the nearest intersection is a great start.
- Exact or approximate date and time of the incident.
- Description of the individuals involved in the incident.
- Description of the vehicle(s) used to transport the garbage, including the licence plate number if available.