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34 offenders fined in latest fly-tipping crackdown in Redbridge

The Council’s enforcement officers have investigated over 500 piles of rubbish

Fines totalling £13,600 have been handed out to 34 fly-tipping offenders in Redbridge.

The local Council enforcement officers traced back over 500 piles of dumped rubbish to the offenders as part of a new crackdown on the issue.

All 34 culprits were fined after officers waded through the mountains of mess looking for evidence.

Among the discarded rubbish was a fridge, toys, mattresses, sofas , armchairs, broken furniture and garden waste.

One single fly-tip alone had 15 bags of dumped rubbish.

All fly-tips were cleared as a result of the targeted joint operation between the council’s Enforcement Team and Street Cleansing Team.

Mattresses were found left on the street

Anti-illegal dumping campaigns encouraging behaviour change, free online workshops on reducing and disposing of waste properly, and community engagement work are some of the other initiatives implemented to tackle the issue.

The council’s Street Cleansing Team and Enforcement Officers will also be doing regular patrols around the borough.

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, but we need your help too.

“Please report fly-tips if you see them taking place in your neighbourhood, and if you aren’t sure of how to dispose of your waste properly – get in touch with us.” 

“All of our residents deserve to live in a clean and safe environment, and it’s up to all of us to keep our streets clean.”

Residents can report any fly-tipping incidents here.

The Leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal said: “Dumping rubbish on the streets and in public places creates a health and safety hazard, brings our communities down and makes our neighbourhoods unpleasant for local people.

“Dumping rubbish is an offence. It costs taxpayers for the council to clear fly-tips from public spaces, money which could be better spent on services for residents if it weren’t for people illegally discarding waste.

“Please help keep Redbridge clean by disposing of your rubbish properly and reporting anyone illegally leaving rubbish to the council if you witness it.”

Items such as sofas were found dumped in the street

In Ilford, a team of enforcement and engagement officers recently visited 170 properties near a fly-tipping hotspot to share advice with the community on disposing of household waste properly.

Officers also delivered 72 recycling boxes to the residents resulting in a significant drop in the number of fly-tips recorded in the area.

Information on reducing your household waste, disposing of waste properly, and recycling in the borough properly can be found here.

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