Expanded litter squad goes undercover

Published: Friday 27th May 16

The council is using an undercover squad of litter busters to target flytipping hotspots across the borough.

The team will be working in plain clothes to target residents, landlords and businesses that break litter laws.

And they will also focus attention on builders and tradesmen whose waste is often flytipped on street corners.

The squad will be able to use small and inconspicuous portable CCTV cameras which can be moved around the various hotspots to gather evidence to prosecute flytippers and litterbugs.

Their work schedules will also be staggered so that they can work outside of normal working hours at times of the day and night when professional flytippers are at their most active.

The council’s director of housing and community services Brian Reilly said: “We are working really hard to keep the borough’s streets as clean and tidy as possible.

“Although it’s not a major problem locally, just a single flytip on its own is one too many, and whenever it does happen it causes a great deal of upset to residents.

“Our beefed-up squad of inspectors will be looking to target businesses who land taxpayers with the bill for clearing up their commercial waste and also landlords who think it’s okay to dump unwanted items on a street corner whenever they change tenancies.

“The team will also be speaking to residents who don’t use lidded dustbins to store their binbags but instead leave them out unprotected so far ahead of their collection day that the local cat and fox population has plenty of time to rip them open and scatter their contents all over the pavement.

“We will also be targeting the cowboys who drive around in vans looking in people’s front gardens for large items of furniture or builder’s waste, get paid to take it away and then simply dump it around the corner.

“We want to work with local residents and businesses to keep our streets clean and the extra resources we are putting into expanding our litter team will help us achieve that goal.”

Every residential street in the borough is cleaned at least once a week, but some hotspots benefit from up to three sweeps and litter picks each week.

As well as a rigorous cleaning schedule, the council also uses its enforcement powers to tackle litter louts and flytippers.  Over the past two years the town hall has brought 106 prosecutions to court for waste offences and issued 1,053 on-the-spot litter fines.

To report a flytip email wasteservices@wandsworth.gov.uk.

Businesses can find full details about their legal responsibilities at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/waste.   

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Recent comments

Over the last 2 days - 2 boys aged 18/19 have been eating kebab's and drinks at 10pm (sober) by the filament walkway - near 1 spectrum way.They sit on the low level casing of the planted trees and leave their rubbish (food) on the floor or within the planted tree. This walkway is surrounded by private flats ( The filaments) - please advise- This behaviour is unacceptable
sej

4 November 2016

Over the last 2 days - 2 boys aged 18/19 have been eating kebab's and drinks at 10pm (sober) by the filament walkway - near 1 spectrum way.They sit on the low level casing of the planted trees and leave their rubbish (food) on the floor or within the planted tree. This walkway is surrounded by private flats ( The filaments) - please advise- This behaviour is unacceptable
sej

4 November 2016

-all very well publicity but an abandoned vehicle and its load of concrete rubble has been reported twice over last 4 weeks and still no action -Himley Road SW17
Sylvia Szeliga

30 September 2016

why don't street cleaners take photos of were flytips are as they seem to spend a lot of time on them they then pass photo on to council and then they can put letters in to all properties nearby
antony arthur

1 June 2016

Leverson street should be the first one your list. Sadly there are fly tips all along the street the biggest being at 119...
Agata Anderson

31 May 2016

This is greatly appreciated, thank you. Please could the plain clothes squad also look into dog fouling. I have noticed that with the high winds a lot of litter is blown about after the bin collection on a Monday. I have recently invested in a small bin myself as foxes used to tear up black bags and I ended up cleaning after the dustmen. So approaching residents on that score would be a good idea too.
H de Souza

31 May 2016

Hopefully, this initiative will mean "effective" action is now taken rather than just a few leaflets saying stop! 18 months ago I complained about the daily fly tipping outside 153-167 Battersea Rise, the problem continues! Other blackspots in my area are 1-4 Boutflower Rd and 135-141 Battersea Rise. Again complaints have been made over many months but no "effective" action.
Tim W

28 May 2016

Great idea. Please take a look at St.Philip Square between Thackeray Road and Queenstown Rd - by St.Philip's Church - regularly seems to be used for fly-tipping.
Nicky

28 May 2016

as i work in the borough as a dustmen on mondays we start in southcroft road every monday there is always loads of stuff along the road dumped its a continues problem down there so the council should sit a watch the road to se who is flytiping there rubbish
terry faulkner

28 May 2016

This article is very reassuring = thanks. One area for your attention however, is on the corner of Rogers Road, at its junction with Garratt Lane. This is a particular magnet for fly-tipping and also bin-liners. Sometimes, we cannot even walk along the pavement, due to accumulated rubbish.
David Coles

28 May 2016

Excellent . Fly tipping is a huge problem surprisingly, Considering we have such an excellent service. The corner of Duntshill (Garret lane) end is a regular favourite . Good luck and thank you.
Angela O'Hara

27 May 2016

It's about time this issue is being addressed and the council are finally communicating to residents on how they intend to tackle this major problem. I have complained on several occasions about fly tipping on our street and although the council make every effort to clean up mess left behind the problem still persist.
Donna Colbourne

27 May 2016

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joe O'Sullivan

27 May 2016

Please do something about the disgusting daily fly tips at Franciscan and Groomfield. As usual, soiled nappies, food and household waste littered the entire pavement this morning. Delighted that Wandsworth are now using CCTV and other covert methods to identify the repeat offenders. Well dine.
Pauline Bradley

27 May 2016

Great to see this email address set up - I've already sent you some ideas for hotspots in Tooting...lets hope you can smarten up some streets that are full of litter!
Sam Diamond

27 May 2016

Excellent news. Thank you Wandsworth B C. All too often I report fly tips; the stopping of which I personally feel strongly about. Good luck with the operation. Please hit these inconsiderate low-lives with fines that will hurt them deeply.
Jon

27 May 2016