Help shape flytipping response through online survey

Published: Wednesday 5th July 17

Local residents and businesses are being asked for their views on flytipping through a quick and easy online survey developed in partnership by Wandsworth Council and national charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The aims are to find out more about how local people perceive this issue, its impacts and what they consider to be the root causes. The insights collected will help to shape the council’s approach to keeping Wandsworth clean and to tackling the small minority who leave discarded waste on borough streets.

Every year the council spends large sums of money cleaning up illegally dumped rubbish which could be invested in local services.

Dedicated enforcement teams are cracking down on those who break the law and issue hundreds of fines to those people and businesses they catch littering and flytipping each month.

Enforcement Officers out in Battersea

The council’s environment spokesman Jonathan Cook said: “The council will always respond quickly to flytip reports and try to track down and punish those responsible. But to really tackle this London-wide problem we have to change people’s attitudes and behaviours.

“Finding out more about what our residents think about this subject is key and we will be partnering with organisations like Keep Britain Tidy and others to harness their expertise.

“Everyone one can play a part by filling out this short online survey and if you would like to take a more active role in the campaign then please do get in touch.”

The survey is open until 11 August 2017. For more information, visit https://consult.wandsworth.gov.uk/survey/349

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Recent comments

Thinking about it, is there a difference between a resident leaving an unwanted sofa/fridge etc outside and a builder dumping rubble? When I lived in Germany there would be a day a month when residents could leave unwanted furniture outside for anyone to take. I live in Blakenham Road in Tooting and the council does a regular "sweep" with a caged vehicle to pick up dumped items: I can see the temptation to put stuff in regular dump-spots, knowing the council will take it for free anyway.
Jane Little

12 July 2017

Like many others, I agree totally with the suggestion that the Smugglers' Way site should be made more accessible to builders' vans. Let them dump stuff at the dump and they won't need to dump it elsewhere! I am also in agreement with those who are surprised that the Smugglers' Way site doesn't accept household chemical waste - and apparently not paint tins?
Rosemary

11 July 2017

We have a flytip outside our flat. The council collect it most days, but it would be good to have cctv as a deterrent.
Cheryl Andrews

10 July 2017

Fly tipping happens every day where I live in Garratt Terrace almost always overnight but often in broad daylight and it was under a no fly tipping sign until it was torn down by somebody. Get CCTV there and then name and shame anybody who is identified in Broadside. That will be a way to start, and make sure they get at least a fine.
David Hall

8 July 2017

Although I'm generally a fan of WBC, I do despair at their lack of imagination and energy when it comes to litter and fly tipping. Wandsworth Common opposite Bellevue Avenue on a sunny evening between 6pm and 11pm will be slowly strewn with litter. So we know 'who' (the people who are in plain sight), 'when', and 'where' - yet no enforcement patrols deployed. Not a big crime fighting mystery is it? Similarly there are several road junctions at which, while waiting for the lights, some drivers deposit litter every day. Yet no CCTV deployed! My understanding is that the council can impose fines so potentially a cash raising activity. Instead we get a few 'don't drop litter' signs. Yeah - that should work! Action not conversation!
Sean

8 July 2017

Fly tipping (presumably by cowboy builders) is a problem in Putney Heath. I would rather see a lower charge for commercial vans to use the site at Smugglers Way than have to see builders rubbish every time I go home. Could the Council let us know an approved list of rubbish clearance companies too, because I believe the householder is responsible if their builder illegally dumps?
Maggie Alexander

8 July 2017

I was surprised to find that The Waste disposal at Wandsworth does not allow for the disposal of old paint tins or hazard chemicals which every household has , is it no wonder that people fly tip without this disposal facility or just dump, with all The decorators about they must be able to get rid of old cans, it is not good enough to put in a black bag and leave out for the dustman.
Brian Phillips

8 July 2017

trouble is where i live it appears overnight and no one sees the offenders, plus we dont have c.c.t.v camera around our area and i do agree, it is an ugly sight, which we can well do without.
sheila gilbert

8 July 2017

How about an educational programme in schools? Maybe they could then educate their parents into the problem of rubbish disposal?
Clive Hudgins

8 July 2017

I'm not sure if flytipping happens because new tenants are unaware of the correct rubbish collection days. We have flats locally which change hands on a regular basis. Perhaps it should be incumbent on the landlords to hand over this vital information when tenancies change? My recent reported incidents have been handled swiftly but I think this is due to the back up I have received from a local councillor. A more swift response to the website request for more recycling bags would improve matters. I have requested them twice or 3 times with no response. Bags finally collected from Town Hall which was inconvenient. Many folk wouldn't bother and just dump their rubbish.A campaign to stop litter dropping would be good."Keep Britain Tidy"
Linda Hudgins

8 July 2017

Perhaps if there were more CCTV cameras on our streets in Wandsworth who could identify the flytippers we wouldn't have to suffer flytipping outside our homes.
Liz D

8 July 2017

Contrary to popular belief, we are not living in a civilised society, The people who blatantly drop litter anywhere have no respect for themselves, or any other person, their filthy habits are the tools of education they pass onto their offspring.
John J

7 July 2017

I think fly tipping would be substantially reduced if the council lowered or removed its charges for commercial use of the tip. How much do you spend removing illegal tips? Its an attitude thing - encourage commercial users to use the tip by lowering the charges. High charges promote and encourage fly tippinng.
John Kinnear

7 July 2017

I often notice in the corner people dump their rubbish. It seems to be household dumping rather than business dumping which is disheartening. We need to increase investigative effort to find the fly-tippers and increase the fine significantly to deter. Installing CCTV around the hot spot area may help in catching the culprits and act as deterrents.
Victor Hadianto

7 July 2017

Hats off to the council for having a scheme whereby unwanted items can be collected. It costs, but is convenient. The only way I can think of in which these antisocial people can be caught is CCTV - and that costs, too. Maybe really heavy fines - and I mean heavy. What used to be useful was the once a year free collection. Maybe that could be reinstated, although I admit it won't do much for the furniture dumpers.
susan lofthouse

7 July 2017

It might be interesting for you to commission a report on whether it is more cost-effective to charge tradesmen to take rubbish to the tip, fine those flytippers that you catch and clear up after those you don't, OR make it free and easier for tradesmen to legitimately take their rubbish to official tips. (For example, allow trade vans into the tip at Smugglers' Way). That might give you the financial answer. As for a moral answer, I hate flytipping and would report anyone that I saw doing this.
william christie

7 July 2017

Fly tipping is a menace all over the country but I do believe that if they didn't have to pay to take the stuff into council tips it would reduce it hugely. It must save money on clearing it up even if you take the loss on entry fees - and is better for the environment, particularly where hazardous waste is involved. I vote cancel the charges.
Joanna Campbell

7 July 2017

I am so disappointed when I see rubbish around where I live in a conservation area. Street corners have become opportunities for people to dispose of any sort of rubbish including large pieces of furniture & mattresses. Plus dog owners may bag their dogs mess however many are then throwing the bags around the streets, under trees, in the gutters ... all unacceptable. We have lost our street bins which doesn't help. Flytipping is a menace to life in Battersea
Ms Maggie Downes

7 July 2017

Also read on another comment page - that the Council does not read these comments.. is this true... Can the Council comment on this to reassure us residents our views are taken into consideration? Thank you
sil

7 July 2017

Also read on another comment page - that the Council does not read these comments.. is this true... Can the Council comment on this to reassure us residents our views are taken into consideration? Thank you
sil

7 July 2017

Fly tipping becomes epidemic in Tooting. I have neither seen any of your enforcement officers in Tooting nor have I heard of any prosecution of any flytipper let alone any conviction. Shame! In the meantime we have to put up with flytipping on daily basis. I would like to see the fines for any fly tipping go up to £5000 or jail term. I would like to see more CCTV installed to catch those irresponsibles and selfists in Tooting. Please do it.
Lam Tran

7 July 2017

Fly tipping in my road Durford Crescent is a big factor for me moving out. (house is on market)I have been reporting it for years . The same houses tip at night so no one has ever been fined. The council have been completely ineffective. I personally clean my area every week and picked up over twenty vodka bottles last Saturday from one spot. Our road is not cleaned for weeks. It is strimmed and mowed to within an inch of its life but the rubbish is gone around by the staff!!!!!
Diane Ward

7 July 2017

Fly tipping becomes epidemic in Tooting. I have neither seen any of your enforcement officers in Tooting nor have I heard of any prosecution of any flytipper let alone any conviction. Shame! In the meantime we have to put up with flytipping on daily basis. I would like to see the fines for any fly tipping go up to £5000 or jail term. I would like to see more CCTV installed to catch those irresponsibles and selfists in Tooting. Please do it.
Lam Tran

7 July 2017

About a month ago in the 'rainy' period.. A sofa was left outside my house in Badminton Road. I vaguely heard some scrapping along pavement at around midnight.. and thought it was someone with a suitcase dragging it along and did not bother to look out window. Next morning a horrid sofa left outside my house... the next day it poured. Obviously dumped by new householders just buying or someone just renting. Why they just did not pay the council to come and take it away. Absolute (Swearing here) !!! I think someone should investigate!
sil

7 July 2017

About a month ago in the 'rainy' period.. A sofa was left outside my house in Badminton Road. I vaguely heard some scrapping along pavement at around midnight.. and thought it was someone with a suitcase dragging it along and did not bother to look out window. Next morning a horrid sofa left outside my house... the next day it poured. Obviously dumped by new householders just buying or someone just renting. Why they just did not pay the council to come and take it away. Absolute (Swearing here) !!! I think someone should investigate!
sil

7 July 2017

Fly tipping becomes epidemic in Tooting. I have never seen any of your enforcement officers in Tooting meither I have hear of any prosecution of any flytippe. Shame!
Lam Tran

7 July 2017

the 3 flower beds at the end of Barmouth Rd are a magnet for drinkers to leave their cans, bottles etc - despite bagging the debris up - nobody bothers to remove the bags - current ones have been there over a month, despite various calls to the council by several neighbours, so frankly good luck, it will take a miracle of epic proportions.
c barnard

7 July 2017

I agree with Celia. Some of the on street fly tipping is the worst and despite persistent reporting to the council it's cleared but the culprits never identified by Wandsworth Even Lambeth prosecutes for that. Recently a streatham resident was fined £5000.
Dan Parker

6 July 2017

There are places locally that are used weekly as informal dumps. The council is well aware of them but seems to do nothing about identifying the culprits. They have been asked by local residents to install CCTV but their only feeble disincentive has been to put a plastic warning notice on a pole nearby. We have a resident Waitrose trolley that has been left for almost 2 months. The questionnaire will do nothing to improve this chronic problem.
Celia Blair

5 July 2017