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Council to introduce £80 fine for Barking and Dagenham residents dumping waste outside bins

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 January 2017

Cllr Lynda Rice (centre) with Millie Jeffreys, Jenny Faulkner, Jim Crisp, Jo Cuttell and Charley Groves at the Slim Your Bin Launch. Barking and Dagenham Council have announced they will be continuing to crack down on wastefulness.

Cllr Lynda Rice (centre) with Millie Jeffreys, Jenny Faulkner, Jim Crisp, Jo Cuttell and Charley Groves at the Slim Your Bin Launch. Barking and Dagenham Council have announced they will be continuing to crack down on wastefulness.

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“Grime crime” offenders could be stung with an £80 on-the-spot fine in a continued council crack-down on environmental offences.

From April, anyone dumping waste outside of their designated household bins – also known as side-waste – could be penalised as the council introduce a raft of waste-busting measures.

Speaking on Thursday, council leader Darren Rodwell stressed the need to shift the “parent-child relationship” between the council and residents to an “adult partnership”.

“There’ll be a zero-tolerance policy to dumping rubbish,” he told the Post at Barking Town Hall.

“We have got to get realistic. It’s not the council who make the mess, it’s the residents who don’t pick up the mess.”

Other measures starting this week include a “wall of shame” – where residents publicise flytipping offenders by emailing photos to the council. These will then be published on Barking and Dagenham Council’s Facebook page.

As the most wasteful borough in the capital, Barking and Dagenham could save £2m by 2020 by reducing just six per cent of their non recyclable waste, Cllr Rodwell explained.

The council’s Slim Your Bin campaign has enjoyed success, he insisted, but there’s still more to be done.

“It’s not the majority of people who are flytipping but the minority – it’s a small part of our community.”

From the end of this month, the council will also introduce a bin amnesty so that households with extra or big bins can return them easily. Enforcement officers are set to extend their duties so more are able to issue FPNs (fixed penalty notices) beyond their current job descriptions.

“It’s about civic pride,” added Cllr Rodwell.

“We all want a nice clean place to live, we are trying to change attitudes.”


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