Shock video shows professional flytipper in action
Published: Friday, November 22, 2019
The council has launched an investigation to trace professional flytippers - and the people who paid them to get rid of their waste – after shock video footage showed a vanload of rubbish being dumped on a housing estate in Balham.
A witness was able to film the flytippers as they dumped the waste in front of a set of garages on an estate close to Bedford Hill.
Wednesday’s footage shows waste being casually dumped from the back of a tipper truck. An examination of the flytip has revealed a link to a residential address in Croydon.
Now council staff are hot on the tracks of the van and its occupants as well as the Croydon householder whose rubbish was dumped.
If traced they could all face prosecution. The maximum penalty that can be imposed by the courts following conviction for a serious flytip offence is an unlimited fine and/or a prison sentence of up to five years.
Residents having work done on their properties should always check with their builders and other contractors precisely how they will be disposing of any waste materials.
They should be extremely wary of people knocking on their doors unannounced and offering to take away their rubbish.
Cowboy waste contractors often drive around residential areas looking for homes that are being refurbished or cleared. They will approach the owner and offer to take “junk” away for a cut-price rate.
But instead of taking it to a proper waste disposal site and paying the appropriate fees, they simply dump it somewhere nearby – often in parks or other open spaces – leaving taxpayers to foot the clean-up bill.
In these cases it is not just the flytipper who is committing a crime – the householder who paid them is also liable under the law.
Wandsworth’s director of environment and community services Paul Chadwick said: “This video shows just what councils are up against when it comes to professional flytippers.
“Unfortunately this is a crime that is on the rise and causing problems for councils up and down the country.
“Householders are delighted when someone offers them a low-cost option to get rid of their waste – and they don’t think they’re doing anything wrong – but in reality they are committing an offence for which they could face serious legal sanctions as well as getting a criminal record.”
Residents wanting rubbish cleared can call the town hall on (020) 8871 8558. The council will remove waste for a modest fee. If households choose a licensed private contractor instead they must make sure they check the license details and also get a proper receipt.
Anyone with information about rubbish being dumped should telephone (020) 8871 6396. All calls will be treated in confidence. Information can also be submitted via firstname.lastname@example.org