Resident faces £400 fine for dumping waste in Tooting car park

Published: Thursday 1st June 17

A Tooting resident faces a £400 on-the-spot fine for dumping waste in a local car park.

Flytipped waste linked to an address in Moring Road was found in a pile of rubbish left in a car park in Church Lane.

Officers from the council’s litter enforcement team are investigating and are expected to hand the resident a £400 fixed penalty notice.

As part of its general public awareness campaign to reduce flytips, the council is once again reminding local residents to be extremely wary of people knocking on doors unannounced and offering to take away rubbish.

Cowboy waste contractors often drive around residential areas looking for homes that are being refurbished or cleared. They will approach the owner and offer to take “junk” away for a cut price rate.

But instead of taking it to a proper waste disposal site and paying the appropriate fees, they simply dump it somewhere nearby – often in parks or other open spaces – leaving taxpayers to foot the clean-up bill.

In these cases it is not just the flytipper who is committing a crime – the householder who paid them to take their waste away is also liable under the law.

Residents having work done on their properties should always check with their builders and other contractors precisely how they will be disposing of any waste materials

Anyone needing waste items collected can call the town hall on (020) 8871 8558. The council will remove waste items like matresses or unwanted furniture for a modest fee. If households choose a licensed private contractor instead they must make sure they get a proper receipt.

Anyone with information about rubbish being dumped can email or telephone (020) 8871 6396. All calls will be treated in confidence. Problems can also be reported via the council's recently launched 'Report It' mobile app.

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