Minister for the Flemish Brussels Periphery Ben Weyts called for fines for illegal dumping to be hiked after he took to Twitter to denounce the “arrogance” of a woman caught on camera as she threw a waste bag over a road bridge.
“The arrogance of this illegal dumper is SHOCKING,” Weyts wrote on Twitter as he shared the footage in which the woman’s face and licence plate were blurred out.
De arrogantie van deze sluikstorter is SCHOKKEND. Beelden ongecensureerd overgemaakt aan de politie. Ik roep op om boetes te verhogen en intercommunales nog meer in te schakelen om sluikstorters te betrappen met camera's. pic.twitter.com/67A2N3mwJO
Weyts said that the footage, captured in April 2015, would be transferred unblurred to the police, and said more cameras were needed and that fines should be higher than the current amount, set at €350.
“I call for fines to be increased and for inter-municipal companies to [do more] to catch illegal dumpers with cameras,” he added.
Weyts’ comments come after Brussels’ cleaning agency reported that the increasing number of “illegal trash imports” into the city was a matter of growing concern, and follow reports that a municipality in the city would double-down on their fight against illegal dumping by installing additional surveillance cameras.