Release Date: 12 February 2018
Residents are being asked to #KeepRichmondClean as the Council launches its campaign to raise awareness and reduce the impact of fly-tipping in the borough.
The campaign follows on from feedback received in 2017, in which two-thirds of people felt fly-tipping was a problem in the borough and only half knew that fly-tipping can result in a fine.
Over the course of the next few weeks we will hear from people working day to day in the borough to prevent and deal with the implications of fly-tipping.
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment said:
“In 2016/17 the cost of investigating the 2,873 reported incidents of fly-tipping was as high as £94,809, not to mention the time and social cost related to fly-tipping. It’s an unnecessary cost and blight on our beautiful borough when there are plenty of services available to residents who wish to dispose of items.
“We offer a range of services to residents wishing to dispose of unwanted waste legally including weekly rubbish and recycling collection; a number of drop-off recycling sites around the borough, bulky waste collection and partnering with the West London Waste Authority to help collect and dispose of unwanted or old electrical items.
“I hope that by seeing the time and energy it costs to deal with fly-tipping and hearing first-hand about the dedication our Council puts in to keeping this beautiful borough clean, people will become more aware of flytipping, refrain from doing it or report it if they see it.”
Roland Copley, Richmond Council’s Inspection and Enforcement Manager said:
“My advice to people who witness a fly-tip in progress is to not get directly involved but take information that can be of use to the council including vehicle registrations, and descriptions of people involved and what you saw the person depositing from the vehicle.
“You may not realise but fly-tipping is a crime so if you witness flytipping in progress you can contact the Police on 999. You can also report incidents of flytipping on the Council’s website or contact the Customer Services centre.”
Residents are reminded to use a registered waste carrier as they can be held liable for any fly-tip that occurs from an unregistered business collecting their waste. A simple check can be carried out on the Environment Agency website. To report an incident of fly-tipping visit the fly-tipping page.
If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Lyle Skipsey on 020 8487 5182.
Updated: 2 March 2018