Barking and Dagenham’s war on fly tippers shows impressive results

An east London council which declared a “war on rubbish” has fined fly tippers more than £20,000 in just three months.

Barking and Dagenham Council has caught 52 people dumping waste illegally since March.

Offenders were fined £400 each.

Councillor Margaret Mullane said: “We all have a responsibility to ensure that our roads and streets are kept clean. If we’re continuously clearing fly tips, we’re wasting taxpayer money – money that could be better spent elsewhere.”

Local authorities in England spent a combined total of £694 million on street cleaning in 2019/20.

Barking and Dagenham launched its Wall of Shame YouTube series three years ago after spending £380,000 clearing up fly tipping in 2016-17.

The channel features CCTV of litter louts across the borough and asks residents to report them.

Dozens of offenders have now been fined following tip-offs, including a woman who was issued a £150 penalty after her husband saw her footage of her dumping a mattress on the show.

Cllr Mullane added: “Complaints about litter and fly tips come from the fact most of us have pride in our borough. But sadly the fact is this could be your friends, family or neighbours dumping on your streets.”

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Rachael Burford

Local Democracy Reporter