Council issues more than 5,000 flytip and litter fines

Published: Friday 6th July 18

The council is getting tough with people who dump rubbish on the streets after new figures show that more than 5,000 on-the-spot fines have been handed out to litter and flytipping offenders in just over a year.

Since the end of March 2017 a total of 5,099 fines have been issued to individuals and rogue businesses who’ve dumped litter or waste on the borough’s streets.

More than 1,300 of these penalties were handed to people who had either thrown litter from a moving vehicle or involved businesses that blocked pavements with their commercial waste.

And 174 were given to individuals found to be responsible for more serious flytips.

The council is determined to keep Wandsworth’s streets looking good and punishing those who commit this type of environmental crime.

In this new video council spokesman Cllr Steffi Sutters explains how Wandsworth is tackling the issue.

The most recent Government figures show that the council’s efforts are yielding results. The latest official statistics published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) show that despite being inner London’s largest borough and also its most populous, Wandsworth accounted for less than 1.2 per cent of all flytips across the capital’s 33 boroughs.

The council employs a litter squad whose job is to investigate flytips and issue fines to offenders.

Wandsworth’s parks police also play a role in tackling and investigating incidents that occur in parks and open spaces.

One of the council’s priorities is to persuade residents not to employ “cowboy” waste collectors who are thought to be responsible for some of the worst cases witnessed recently.

More than 5,000 fines issued

These criminals usually 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.

The maximum penalty that can be imposed by the courts following conviction for a serious flytip offence is an unlimited fine and/or a prison sentence of up to five years.

Residents wanting bulky items collected can call the town hall on (020) 8871 8558 or book it online at http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/specialcollections.

The council will remove waste for a modest fee. If households choose a licensed private contractor instead they must make sure they get a proper receipt.

People having work done on their properties should always check with their builders and any other contractors precisely how they will be disposing of any waste materials. They should be extremely wary of people knocking on their doors unannounced and offering to take away their rubbish.

Anyone with information about rubbish being dumped should telephone (020) 8871 6396 or email flytipwitness@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk. All information will be treated in confidence.

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Recent comments

You say that homeowners are also responsible and should check with their contractor to ask where the rubbish will be disposed. So here’s the scenario: I say “do you dispose of the rubbish legally?” They say “yes”. End of conversation. Is there a way of making the process more transparent/reliable/legal?
A

11 July 2018

Somebody should come and look at the rubbish under Redenham House SW15 they gas been a bed and mattress there for 3 days also part of a divan. If it’s on a main road it seems that it’s cleard in no time, under here forget it, it might go away!!!.
G Newman

9 July 2018

I’m pleased to read your concern about fly tipping but was really embarrassed when walking from blackshaw rd to tooting centre to see rubbish bags many scattered and dumped rubbish on all the roads we walked. My companion from outside London was disgusted. Sorry
Christine keen

8 July 2018

What a shame that the litter squad can stand in the morning outside Tooting Broadway Station and fine people who may innocently drop litter when just a few hundred yards from the in Garratt Terrace and right under a sign that says not to leave litter there, are anything from bags or rubbish, garden waste and drinks cans, to furniture, fridges and and any household appliance you want to name. No not once or twice but daily. A van eventually comes and picks it up and, yes you guessed it, it starts all over again. Put a camera in, look at names and addresses on cardboard cartons, fine distributors or publishers of the magazines just dumped that are not given out. Will it happen? Doubt it. Fining people walking by is much easier.
David Hall

7 July 2018

Mr Desbarres is right again. The selfish behaviour of some people spoils the green spaces in our beautiful Battersea Park. To give them their due, I see the rubbish collection vans when I walk through the Park in the morning; however, maybe the frequency of collection at the weekends is not enough. Maybe Enable should investigate this. I understand a new cojtract is on the cards in a year's time.
susan lofthouse

7 July 2018

I have photographic evidence of rubbish cleared out of a vehicle in Standen road Sw18 andthose responsible managed to leave behind as rubbish a company bill head And I can provide this if required
Brian Phillips

6 July 2018

Wandsworth Council regularly boasts about tackling fly-tipping and it's great to hear that progress is being made. And yet there is a fly-tipping on an almost daily basis on the corner of Cupar Road and Battersea Park Road (not to mention a constant stream of litter on the pavement) and regularly over-flowing bins and littering in Battersea Park. Wandsworth Council (and Enable) promise a lot but ultimately seem unable and/or unwilling to solve these issues despite having been aware of them for a long time.
Olivier Desbarres

6 July 2018