Government figures show flytips on the rise across London
Published: 28 October 2016
Official Government figures show that flytipping is on the increase across London and continues to pose a major challenge for councils and local communities.
The Defra figures, highlighted in a report by The Guardian, suggest that Wandsworth had the lowest number of reported flytips in inner London throughout 2014/15.
According to the data only the leafy outer London boroughs of Bexley and Kingston had fewer reported incidents.
Environment spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “These figures show that flytipping is a major problem across the entire country – and that London in particular suffers very badly from this environmental crime.
“The figures suggest we have many fewer cases than most other parts of the capital, but it is still a major blight for our residents. We must not be complacent about the challenges we face in keeping our streets and parks clean and free of flytips.
“We know for sure that some local neighbourhoods are more badly affected than others and residents in these areas can rest assured we are putting in extra resources to tackle this problem.
“Early in the New Year an additional team of litter inspectors will be taking to the streets to combat this issue.
“This is just the latest in a wider package of measures we have introduced over the years to tackle the problem.
“We have introduced strict rules for shops and businesses about how and when they are allowed to place their refuse on the pavement while it awaits collection and this has tackled one of the biggest problems at source.
“We are also making sure that businesses fulfil their legal obligation to have proper arrangements in place for the collection and disposal of their waste. Those that don’t face an instant fine and this has led to a fall in the number trying to evade their responsibilities.
“We have stepped up enforcement action to deter people from leaving binbags on street corners. With nearly 1,200 individuals fined so far this year, people are getting the message that there’s a good chance they’ll be caught if they do this.
“We have also increased the amount that people have to pay if they are given an on-the-spot-fine. It used to be £80, now it’s £400 which is a serious deterrent for those tempted to dump rubbish on the street.
“We have also done a lot of work to alert our residents to the perils of employing the unlicensed operators who drive around looking for waste to collect - and having pocketed the cash to dispose of it properly – just dump it nearby. We work very closely with the police to catch these cowboys and when we do they face much more serious fines and jail sentences plus the confiscation of their vehicles.
“We also offer a very cheap and competitive rate to our residents to remove large unwanted items like old mattresses and furniture and this has led to a fall in this category of flytip.
“And because it is important to clean up flytips swiftly before they get any bigger we have made it easier than ever for residents to report them to us so we can nip any problems in the bud.
“People can use our new ‘Wandsworth Report It’ app, or alert us via the council’s website.
“We are working really hard to keep the borough’s streets clean. Residents can help us achieve that goal by taking proper care of their waste themselves and by reporting problems to us promptly.
“If anyone has information about people or businesses dumping waste on our streets then please notify us immediately so we can take the appropriate action.”
For details of how to book a bulky waste collection and a full range of information on how to avoid litter problems please visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/waste.