More than 160 tonnes of waste has been cleared from Warren Farm over the last two weeks. Ealing Council’s officers are now identifying the people who dumped the rubbish and the households the waste originally came from.
The council has already established that the waste came from Ealing addresses and from neighbouring boroughs. Those who dumped the waste, and the householders who allowed their waste to be cleared illegally, will now be pursued and legal action considered against them. Ealing is working with the Environment Agency and other west London councils to identify those responsible and, if convicted, they could face fines and legal costs of amounting to thousands of pounds.
Householders have a legal responsibility to ensure that their waste is disposed of properly. People carrying out household clearances or DIY projects must ensure that they either use one of the council’s services, use an Ealing Council-approved skip company or a reputable waste clearance firm that is registered with the Environment Agency. Residents can check that a waste clearance firm is registered by calling 08708 506 506 or by using their online register at www.environment-agency.gov.uk.
There are a number of ways that local people dispose of their waste legally. They can recycle separated household waste for free at one of the borough’s re-use and recycling centres. They can also dispose of mixed DIY waste at Greenford Re-use and Recycling Centre. This service is chargeable and costs £23 for every 100kg of waste.
Ealing council also offers a bulky waste collection service. The council will collect up to eight items that are too big for the normal household collection service for just £40. Residents can share bulky collections with friends and neighbours, but the items must all be collected from one location.
In addition, residents can use a council-authorised skip company to dispose of large amounts of household waste. All the companies that meet our requirements are listed on our website at www.ealing.gov.uk/skips.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “The vast majority of householders want to do the right thing with their waste, but unfortunately, there are a few that are prepared to use disreputable, illegal companies and individuals just to save themselves a few pounds.
“The message that I would like these residents to receive loudly and clearly is that someone always pays in the end and at the moment all Ealing council tax payers are footing the bill. However, we are in the process of identifying those responsible for this environmental crime- the people who dumped the waste and the householders that it originated from- and we will be pursuing them all to recover our costs.
“I would ask all of our residents to stop and think the next time someone knocks at their door and asks to clear their waste. Ask for their details so you can check if they are licenced. If they are not licenced, they will be taking your waste and dumping it in our green spaces, parks and rivers regardless of what they say to the contrary and what can seem like a cheap deal at the time could ultimately end up costing you thousands of pounds in fines.”
For more information on recycling and disposal services in Ealing, go to www.ealing.gov.uk/recycling.