Tower Hamlets Council has teamed up with SmartWater to combat the growing problem of bin theft in the London borough.
Recently there has been a spate of thefts of large metal bins belonging to the council from estates and communal refuse points. The council has now contracted SmartWater to provide tagging on all of its large metal bins in an effort to reduce thefts and tackle the mounting costs of replacing stolen bins.
SmartWater provides forensic tagging, which involves the marking of bins with a unique liquid. The liquid carries a forensic ‘code’ which is registered to an address or location. Once applied it is almost impossible to remove and can only be seen under UV light. Forensic analysis provides conclusive proof of ownership.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, said: “We will not tolerate the continuing theft of the large bins across the borough. We believe the SmartWater solution will provide a strong deterrent to would-be thieves and offer a cost effective solution to residents.”
Cllr Shahed Ali, cabinet member for the environment, said: “The council is working closely with the police and Safer Communities colleagues to ensure that vehicles carrying large waste containers in the borough are checked for ownership. Scrap yards will be routinely checked also.”