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Cracking down on fly-tipping

The Government recently published statistics on how councils across England dealt with fly-tipping during 2022/23 and Ealing has come out on top again.

According to the official data, Ealing is the second best borough in England when it comes to issuing fixed penalty notices (FPNs) for fly-tipping.

Last year, Ealing issued 5,192 FPNs just behind Wandsworth (5,236) and ahead of third placed Enfield (5,096).

Councillor Deirdre Costigan, deputy leader and cabinet member for climate action, said: “We have zero tolerance for fly-tipping as is proved by the number of penalty notices we issued last year. We know fly-tipping upsets our residents, makes our streets and communities look ugly and is a health hazard. Our enforcement teams work hard to ensure those caught fly-tipping are served with fixed penalty notices and we’re proud to be one of the top boroughs in the country when it comes to taking action against fly-tipping.”

A recent consultation and engagement campaign across the 7 towns asked residents what their key concerns were. Fly-tipping and street cleanliness emerged as being among their top priorities, particularly for older residents.

The council is proactively ensuring that we collect the fines, with 57% of fly-tipping FPNs paid within 2 months. It follows up the unpaid notices through the court process where fines can often end up higher as they can include significant court costs.

Ealing is also leading the way when it comes to the environment, consistently being in the top 3 boroughs in London for high rates of recycling.

When reporting a fly-tipper, it is helpful to include as much information as possible. If you can take photographs of the fly-tipper or any vehicle involved in the offence, without putting yourself in danger, it will help.

Most fly-tipping is cleared through regular street cleansing activities. However, when collection crews are sent out to collect fly-tipping, over the course of a year, that service costs the council about £300,000, not including disposal costs.

That is money that could be used to fix 6,000 potholes, or plant 1,000 street trees and pay for their upkeep for 2 years.

You can report fly-tipping or anti-social behaviour on the council’s website.

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