Fly-tipping in Barking and Dagenham costs the council £384k
PUBLISHED: 07:00 02 August 2018
Fly-tipping set the borough back £384,000 last year, according to the council.
There were 2,430 recorded cases of flytipping in the borough last year costing council tax payers £384,304.
Jo Ellery, who lives in Langley Crescent, Dagenham, described a constant flow of rubbish piling up near her home including mattresses, fridges, sofas and children’s toys. The council removes it but more takes its place.
“It makes me really angry some people have no respect for their community,” she said.
Barking resident Gurpreet Bhatia suggested the council set up its own rag and bone man style service, collecting bulky waste for free along specific routes at advertised dates and times.
On fly-tipping, he said: “It’s an eyesore and a health hazard.”
A spokesman for the council said it isn’t a victimless crime.
“It is a scourge on our streets and the council is forced to spend thousands of pounds each year tidying up the mess left by irresponsible individuals,” he said.
The council has issued more than 1,320 fines in recent months.
“This has sent a clear message that we won’t stand for it here in Barking and Dagenham,” the spokesman said.
In May eagle-eyed neighbours in Gurney Close, Barking, shopped one flytipper whose face was shown on the council’s website after she was caught in the act on CCTV. She was fined £150.
Allison Ogden-Newton, boss of environment charity Keep Britain Tidy (KBT) said: “This country is in the grip of a fly-tipping epidemic.
“The latest figures from councils show they dealt with more than one million incidents in 2016/17. Some of the most heavily fly-tipped places are in our capital.”
A report from services organisation the London Environment Directors’ Network (LEDN) and KBT recommended councils scrap bulky waste collection charges to reduce fly-tipping.
Barking and Dagenham charges from £10 to £70 to arrange collection of up to 28 items from householders, not including council tenants and leaseholders living in flats.
A joint study of people’s views on fly-tipping from KBT and LEDN found bulky waste collection services were seen as costly and a hassle.
In the capital fly-tipping has increased at twice the national rate. It has risen by 14 per cent from 2015 to 2016 to more than 366,000 reported incidents in the last financial year. Boroughs spend £18million a year dealing with the problem.
Charging to collect bulky waste, rules barring binmen from collecting rubbish left next to bins and banning trash being put out at certain times were seen as unintentionally making the problem worse.
Offering bulky waste days – when people can leave larger items on the pavement for collection on certain days of the year – was one of the report’s eight recommendations.
The council spokesman said: “We welcome the findings of the report and we will look into the recommendations suggested.
“The council is determined to tackle fly-tipping and that is one of the reasons why we ask the public to help identify the culprits.”