Ealing introduces £400 on-the-spot fly-tipping fine

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Ealing Council is warning that anyone caught fly-tipping rubbish on the borough streets from 15 August will face a £400 on-the-spot fine. The council said that Ealing is one of the first boroughs to adopt the higher rate fixed penalty notice as part of a London-wide crackdown to keep the capital clean.

According to the council, it has been tackling the problem in Ealing through a mixed approach of giving one-to-one advice and support on the doorstep alongside tough enforcement.

A special team from the council’s recycling service is reported to have been knocking on doors in areas where problems are occurring, talking to residents to find out the causes of persistent issues and discussing how to put lasting solutions in place. Households that continue to dump black bags on the street after these visits are being referred to the council’s enforcement team so action can be taken against them.

At the same time, council officers and staff from its environmental enforcement contractor, Kingdom, have been patrolling the borough to catch offenders red-handed. Since 6 June, 111 of fixed penalty notices are reported to have been given to fly-tippers.

Council officers have also been running joint operations with the police as well as using resident reports, searching through dumped bags, and using CCTV and mobile cameras in areas that attract fly-tippers.

"This information is being used to catch the culprits red handed and build a comprehensive picture of problem areas, and the causes of the fly-tips, so that more targeted action can be taken," said Bassam Mahfouz, Ealing Council's cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure.

In one recent case, the council said it helped to catch fly-tippers illegally dumping rubbish outside of a dentist in Southall. After complaints were made, council officers visited the premises daily, searching through the rubbish bags before clearing them and using CCTV footage to identify those responsible. On one of their visits, officers caught the fly-tippers in the act and they have now been issued with a fixed penalty notice.

Mahfouz added: “If people are experiencing a problem using the rubbish and recycling service, help and support is available. There is never any excuse for fly-tipping. That’s why we’ve increased the number of staff on the streets seeking to fine for this offence and deployed officers from Kingdom to catch the culprits. I ask residents to help us by being additional eyes and ears to identify those responsible so we can crack down on this selfishness.”

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