What you said and what we’re doing in response to the Wandsworth clean streets survey
Published: Thursday 7th December 17
Earlier this year nearly 1,700 residents across the borough took part in Wandsworth Council’s clean streets survey, where we asked you to share your views on fly tipping, littering, and the local area.
86 per cent of you said that you thought fly tipping was a problem where you live. Keeping the streets of Wandsworth clean, green and safe, is a major priority for us at Wandsworth Council, and part of a long standing clean streets campaign focused on awareness, education and enforcement.
Dedicated enforcement teams are out daily cracking down on those who break the law and 3,512 fines have been issued to those caught littering and fly tipping since April.
Enforcement Officer Jeanette Mahoney patrols the streets of Wandsworth daily to investigate fly tips and other reports of environmental crime.
Jeanette said: “I’m very passionate about my job, and see it as my responsibility to keep the public highway clean and safe for the visitors and residents of Wandsworth to use and enjoy. The number of incidents of fly tipping are on the rise across the UK, and as well as enforcement, it’s my job to educate people who might be unintentionally fly tipping by leaving their bin bags out on the wrong day.”
The great news is that over 50 per cent of you said you recycle household items you no longer want by taking them to a local charity shop. As well as enforcement, Jeanette and her team do all they can to educate people on what fly tipping is, and therefore prevent future incidents. This includes promoting Wandsworth Council’s bulky waste collection, and letting people know how else they can get rid of their waste.
80 per cent of you said you thought it would be quite unlikely for people to get caught fly tipping. Catching and prosecuting those that fly tip is not always easy, but Jeanette and her team do all they can to ensure the perpetrators are held to account.
Jeanette said: ‘It’s vital that every fly tipping investigation I do is thorough, so I always start by taking pictures of the waste, then I conduct a detailed search, looking for any evidence that could give away the fly tipper’s identity. I will also knock on doors close to the crime scene to ask if anyone saw the incident or can help trace the culprit.”
43 per cent of you said that you had reported fly-tipping. If we know about it, Jeanette and her team can take the necessary steps to make sure people are caught. You can easily report fly tipping via the council’s website.
In response to this, Jeanette said: “I rely a lot on help from the local community, and work hard to build relationships with them. They are my eyes and ears on the ground.”
We’re proud to say that more than 90 per cent of you said you feel part of the Wandsworth community, 80 per cent of you said you love where you live, and 90 per cent of you said that you support your local community when you can. By working together we can keep Wandsworth clean and free from fly-tips
How you can help keep Wandsworth clean:
- 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
- Set up your own clean streets initiative with support from the Wandsworth Grant Fund. Visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/wgf
- Find the next Wandle Trust clean-up day at www.wandletrust.org
- Sign up to become one of Keep Britain Tidy’s #LitterHeroes
- Contact Jessica.email@example.com to find out more about how you can help #KeepWandsworthClean