Keep Wandsworth Clean
Fly-tipping, littering and street cleanliness is emerging as an issue that concerns the majority of our residents.
We work seven days a week to keep our streets clean, cleaning our busy town centres up to five times a day. Last year we spent a total of £4.3 million on the street cleansing, cleaning 418.52 km of streets per week.
See what a day is like for one of our Sweeping Operatives in Battersea.
Those who dump rubbish in our streets affect everyone in the community. We want to work with you to tackle the issue of fly-tipping and catch those responsible.
Managing your waste correctly
We can all play a part in helping to keep Wandsworth clean. Residents and businesses can assist by managing their waste correctly.
- Put waste out correctly to reduce the risk of missed bin collections.
- If you have large disposable items, book a bulky waste collection or visit the household waste recycling centre.
- All businesses are responsible for ensuring that they manage their waste responsibly to comply with the law.
To help keep our streets clean, we have Enforcement Officers who are currently out on our streets day and night. They are there to:
- Educate residents and businesses about their waste disposal duties and responsibilities.
- Investigate reports of dumped rubbish; identify where it has come from and who has dumped it.
- Enforce waste related legislation by issuing penalties and prosecuting individuals and organisations found to be responsible for fly-tipping
Find out what a day on patrol with Wandsworth enforcement team is like.
In September, enforcement officers issued 301 fines for littering, 10 fines for littering from a vehicle and successfully tracked down and fined 16 flytippers. The team has also taken action against businesses that don’t properly manage their waste and they have issued 71 penalty charge notices to local traders for not complying with the law.
There are many ways to get involved to help keep Wandsworth clean:
- Leave your waste and recycling bags out on the correct day each week.
- Show your support on Twitter using the hashtag #KeepWandsworthClean.
- If you are a teacher, find out about the Waste Education Programme for schools at the Western Riverside Waste Authority.
- If you are a landlord, find out your waste responsibilities for your tenants.
- If you are a business owner, find out your commercial waste responsibilities.
- Set up your own Environment and Attractive Neighbourhood project with support from the Wandsworth Grant Fund.
From Thursday 22 February, we will be trialling some innovative ideas in Tooting to help combat littering across the borough.
Working in partnership with award-winning environmental charity Hubbub, Wandsworth residents will have the opportunity to get involved in a number of activities including a community clean-up day, sprucing up Church Lane car park, and gum chalking events.
Make sure you get involved by:
- Looking out for the brightly coloured bin and lamp post wraps encouraging people to do the right thing with their rubbish.
- Let us know what makes you proud to live or work in Tooting by joining the #NeatStreets conversation online.
- Join Tooting’s high street clean-up day on Tuesday 6 March by cleaning up outside of your shop or house, adding a splash of paint, or sweeping your pavement.
- We are looking for people to run gum chalking events to highlight how much gum gets dropped on the pavement by drawing a chalk ring around every piece of gum found.
If you would like to find out more or get involved in any of the above, please email email@example.com.
We have been speaking to local people to find out makes them proud to live and work in Tooting. Watch the video interview with Kate Allen, Tooting resident for 40 years and member of the Balham and Tooting Community Association (BATCA).