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Redbridge residents issued with hefty fines in fly-tipping crackdown

Redbridge Council are cracking down on fly-tipping (credit: flickr)

Residents in Redbridge have been issued with hefty fines in the council’s latest crackdown on fly-tipping.

Combined, the 19 perpetrators were stung with fines totalling £7,000 after piles of dumped rubbish were traced back to them during a council operation.

Across two days, council enforcement officers investigated and cleared 5 tonnes of rubbish, from 91 fly-tips across the East and South of the borough.

Among the rubbish discovered discarded on the streets was a mop and bucket, broken furniture, garden waste, a sofa and clothing.

The council is taking ‘a zero-tolerance stance’ on grime crime and said they ‘will fine or prosecute any individual or business caught dumping rubbish in Redbridge.’

Redbridge Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Civic Pride, Cllr Jo Blackman, said: “Dumping rubbish and destroying our environment is a criminal offence and we will not tolerate it.

“Our uniformed Enforcement Officers and Street Cleansing Team are working hard to clear up rubbish and catch those responsible.

“All of our residents deserve to live in a clean and safe environment.

“This is especially important now in the face of this pandemic. It is up to all of us to keep our streets clean, and report those we see fly-tipping.

“We won’t think twice about bringing down the full weight of the law to prosecute those caught making a mess of our borough.”

As part of a continual effort to clamp down on fly-tipping, a joint patrol between the council’s Street Cleansing Team, and Enforcement Officers will take place every weekend to tackle fly-tip hot spots around the borough.

An Illegal Dumping campaign is set to be launched in the borough this month to raise awareness of the harmful impact fly-tipping has on communities and local neighbourhoods.

Residents are being urged to report any fly-tips they see via the council’s ‘Report it page‘.

For more information about disposing of waste and recycling in the borough, head to the Redbridge Council website.

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