Investigation underway following Balham flytip
Published: Tuesday 11th July 17
The council’s enforcement team is now investigating the source of a major flytip on Ramsden Road, Balham.
A huge pile of waste including black sacks, a duvet and clothes, was found at the junction of Balham High Street last week and town hall officers have now located evidence linking the crime to a nearby address.
The council’s spokesman for the environment Jonathan Cook said: “Our enforcement officers are out at all hours investigating flytips and securing evidence against those responsible. They rely heavily on the intelligence provided by the local community and many of their successful enforcement operations are the direct result of reports from Wandsworth residents who want to see an end to environmental crime.
“If you have concerns about a potential offender then please do get in touch and help the council impose stiff penalties on those who dump rubbish illegally.”
Flytipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish no matter the size or contents. This includes placing close to street bins, trees and lampposts, and leaving out household waste outside of the correct collection day.
Resident’s should also be extremely wary of people knocking on their doors unannounced and offering to take away their 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.
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.
How you can help
- Leave your waste and recycling bags out on the correct day each week. See www.wandsworth.gov.uk/waste to check your collection day.
- Show your support on Twitter using the hashtag #KeepWandsworthClean
- Report flytips on the council website www.wandsworth.gov.uk/flytipping
- Pass on evidence that could help identify a flytipper in confidence to firstname.lastname@example.org