Almost 4,000 fixed penalty notices have been issued since the introduction of specialist enforcement teams last August, and in the same period the number of fly-tips reported to the council each week has dropped by 46%.
The council has taken one of the most proactive stances on tackling fly-tipping in the country, which is on the increase nationally. Last June, Ealing was one of the first boroughs to adopt the higher rate fixed penalty notice of £400 as part of a London-wide crack down to keep the capital clean.
Four specialist enforcement teams currently operate in the borough. They are responsible for discouraging, catching, and cleaning up after selfish individuals who flout the law by dumping waste.
The council set up this provision in direct response to the concerns of residents about fly-tipping in some areas of the borough. The teams are operating in addition to the council’s normal street cleansing service that already deals with fly-tipping.
Cllr Bassam Mahfouz, the council’s cabinet member for environment, transport and leisure said: “There is never an excuse to fly-tip. Nationally there has been a significant increase in fly-tipping, but in Ealing, we've taken immediate and clear action that is achieving results.
“I welcome news that since the introduction of our fly-tip enforcement crews, we have seen a huge 46% drop in the number of fly-tips around the borough and nearly 4,000 fines issued.
“The message is hitting home to the irresponsible people who think it’s ok to leave their mess for others to deal with. They risk receiving an unwelcome notice through their letter box with a fine of £400, which if ignored could result in a prosecution, criminal record, being named and shamed and a fine running into thousands of pounds.”
The council’s free app, Ealing 24/7 also allows residents to report street and environmental issues quickly and easily using their smartphone. For further info, visit www.ealing.gov.uk/reportit
Residents can also report cases of fly-tipping online, or by calling the council’s hotline on 020 8825 8825.
To avoid possible fines, it is important for residents to check whether a waste clearance company is licensed and legal. They can do this by entering their details at https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register.
More information about the borough’s reuse and recycling centres, how to arrange a bulky waste collection and how to find scheduled collection days, is available at www.ealing.gov.uk/recycling.
The council also offers a bulky waste collection service and will collect up to eight items for £40. Residents can share bulky collections with friends and neighbours, but the items must all be collected from one location.