The new enforcement team and accompanying vehicle are the latest tactic being used by the council to tackle and deter fly-tipping. The specialist teams are aimed at discouraging, catching, and cleaning up after selfish individuals who flout the law by dumping waste on Ealing’s streets.
Since the launch of the alternate weekly collection service in June, the council has cracked down on fly-tipping and introduced a new higher rate fine of up to £400. Ealing was one of the first boroughs to adopt the higher rate fixed penalty notice as part of a London-wide crack down to keep the capital clean.
Since the fly-tip enforcement crews were launched, the teams have visited 763 streets in the borough to investigate fly-tipping and gather evidence. The fly-tips have been traced back to 1124 addresses and the council is now in the process of issuing Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) to those people.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “We now have four dedicated crews out and about on the streets of Ealing, identifying those people who fly-tip on our streets, gathering evidence to issue fixed penalty notices of up to £400. The vast majority of residents share our view that this sort of behaviour is appalling. We will not tolerate fly-tipping in our borough, those people who we have caught can now look forward to a hefty fine dropping onto their doormats very soon. You want to make a mess on our streets – we will find you and we will fine you.”
Residents are asked to report cases of fly-tipping using the online form at www.ealing.gov.uk/reportit or by calling the fly-tipping hotline on 020 8825 8825.
More information about the borough’s reuse and recycling centres, how to arrange a bulky waste collection and how to find scheduled collection days, is available at www.ealing.gov.uk/recycling.
Residents can check whether a waste clearance company is licensed and legal by entering their details at https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register