To combat illegal discharges that pollute the landscape and annoy the population, a small town in the Var has installed an original surveillance system to say the least.
It is a system used more by hunters to locate animals. But in this town of Var (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region), this photo trap, suspended from the top of a pole, also has another mission: to fight against the removal of illegal landfills. Alexandre Latil, first deputy mayor of Plan-de-la-Tour, explains to the TF1 camera that the system “deterrence”† The collection point that was appropriated by the polluters is now clean.
If this small town has adopted this original system, it’s for economic reasons as well as legal constraints. The whole is approved by the locals, annoyed by this pollution of the landscape.
Fines from 68 to 1,500 euros
Only problem: data processing is time consuming, the camera triggers every detected movement. However, the images are received live at the police station. From the spring, the town hall of Plan-de-la-Tour plans to impose fines in order to reprimand those responsible for illegal dumping. The fixed amount varies from 68 to 1,500 euros, depending on the offence.
Watch the TF1 video:
An innovation with which a municipality could finally put an end to illegal dumping.