Tooting flytipper caught on CCTV

Published: Wednesday 13th September 17

A local resident has been fined following footage found on a CCTV camera in Tooting.

CCTV Camera in Tooting

Enforcement officers reviewed CCTV cameras in Tooting after discovering a huge pile of household waste dumped illegally.

Footage found on the cameras led Wandsworth Council’s enforcement officers to a residential address just yards from the flytip. The culprit was fined £80.

The council’s spokesman for environment Jonathan Cook says, “Our enforcement officers are now using CCTV footage to help them with their investigations. By stepping up our enforcement action and imposing much stiffer penalties on those who dump rubbish, we aim to send out a really strong message to all those who think they can get away with spoiling our local environment.”

Flytipping is the illegal dumping of waste, size starts from a single bin bag of rubbish, which are typically placed beside or around street bins, trees and lamposts or leaving out your household waste outside of your collection day.

Residents 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.

Always check to see if the contractor is a licensed waste carrier and ensure you get a receipt “waste transfer note” as proof.

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So catching and fining one fly tipper is newsworthy - that shows how infrequently it happens. A fine of £80 !! That is no deterrent. How much does it actually cost in total to deal with fly tipping? The taxpayer should not be paying one penny towards the costs.
Janis Humberstone

6 October 2017

Well done for catching a fly tipper! i constantly walk by rubbish left illegally and it's very depressing. Unfortunately the fines are pathetic £80.00 is nothing. Make it £1000.00 and that would be more of a deterrent.

17 September 2017

Your environment policy is a big failure! You make me feel so depressed every morning leaving my home to see piles of rubbish in Blakenham Road leading to Tooting Market. I had to buy myself a litter picker to pickup rubbish scattering allover since your contractors are so unreliable. They don't clean our street once a week as such sometimes they did not turn up for 2 or 3 weeks and yet you paid them with our council tax!
Lam Tran

16 September 2017

The initial guidance on the flyer was not really clear. In the winter older people may wish to put their rubbish out before the light fades early evening before collection. It is to be hoped that this will not be dealt with in an officious manner. It would be helpful also for the council to publish a legal definition of exactly what littering and fly tipping actually are. I don't think I have seen this anywhere. The Council should re-assure ratepayers that there is no connexion with wages/bonuses paid and the enforcers. It is widely suspected that parking wardens are rewarded for zeal and it would be wrong were that to be the case.
Dr Mark Gretason

16 September 2017

Name and shame, maybe a posted picture, should be used, in addition to a fine. £80 is not going to deter most flytippers.
Richard Lo

15 September 2017

Excellent. Hit these low lifes where it hurts - their wallets. Goid work Wandsworth.

15 September 2017