Campaign to tackle flytipping across Bromley

Published Thursday, 18 March 2021

Action is being taken to tackle flytipping in a new campaign, Your Waste is Your Responsibility.

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of illegal dumping of waste and inform residents and businesses about their responsibilities for keeping Bromley clean and tidy, with Veolia working in partnership with the council in support of this.

Last year over 5,000 fly-tips were reported across Bromley and since the COVID-19 pandemic, items such as mattresses, electrical appliances and bags left outside of closed charity shops and recycling banks have made up most of the fly-tips collected by Veolia’s street cleaning teams.

Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and can result in a fixed penalty notice of £400 or even a prison sentence. As part of the Your Waste is Your Responsibility campaign, Veolia and Bromley Council are targeting fly-tipping hotspots with banners and signs warning people of the criminal offence. Bromley Council’s Street Friends, volunteers who report street problems to the council, will also be lending a few extra pairs of hands by monitoring, recording and reporting illegal dumping of rubbish across the borough. The council will reward people who successfully help the prosecution of an offender.

David Fitzgerald, General Manager, Veolia said, "Our street cleaning teams work hard all year round to keep Bromley clean and tidy and since the COVID-19 pandemic they have been called out more and more to attend fly-tips. We hope to help educate residents and businesses on their responsibilities in disposing of waste responsibly and correctly so that our team can better spend their time proactively cleaning busy town centres and improving residential areas."

Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment and Community Services said, “Over the past year, residents have relied on our local environment, parks and streets as they tried to keep healthy through the pandemic. They have rightly been appalled that some abuse our environment. Fly-tipping is illegal, anti-social and unsightly. That’s why we are cracking down on fly-tippers.

Councillor Huntington-Thresher continued, “We are working with Veolia to help remind and educate Bromley residents and businesses of their responsibilities of disposing of waste responsibly. We all have a responsibility to dispose of our waste correctly and legally. Please always check that you are disposing of your waste within the law, with many easy and legal ways of disposing of waste. If you do come across dumped rubbish, please report this so we can take action. Thank you to all the residents who are already doing great work at keeping Bromley clean and tidy in some many ways.”

Bromley Council provides a bulky items collection service where residents can arrange for large items to be collected at a cost. 

Residents can also recycle their household waste at the Churchfields Road and Waldo Road household reuse and recycling centres.

Residents can report fly-tipping.

Residents can sign up to Bromley Council’s Street Friends

Residents can report Enviro-crime evidence at www.bromley.gov.uk/envirocrime

Residents are also being reminded to follow the SCRAP code and check the credentials of anyone who is disposing of their waste and check they are a registered waste carrier. Failure to check could mean prosecution and fines of up to £5,000. Find and check registered waste carriers at www.bromley.gov.uk/wastecarriers or discover more waste disposal options at www.bromley.gov.uk/wastenews

Suspect: Reputable companies will rarely approach you directly, so be suspicious of rogue waste carriers. If you doubt they are a legitimate waste carrier, do not allow them to take your waste.

Check: Ask for their waste carrier registration details, and verify them by checking www.gov.uk/find-registeredwaste-carrier or calling 03708 506 506. Note down the registration number of the vehicle used to take your waste away.

Refuse: Cold callers offering to take your rubbish away should always be refused. Do your research and choose who you want to approach.

Ask questions: Legitimate waste carriers shouldn’t mind you asking what is going to happen to your waste and will be prepared to give you proof that your waste will be disposed of appropriately.

Paperwork: Ask for a waste transfer note. This is a written receipt for you to keep, containing information about the waste that has been removed and where it will be going.

Only use registered waste carriers. If they can’t prove they’re legitimate, don’t use them.

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About Veolia UK

Veolia London has activities in over half of London's boroughs. These activities range from recycling and waste management services for businesses and households, street cleansing and the maintenance of parks and open spaces, to the operation of modern waste recycling, treatment and disposal facilities.

Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 179,000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions which contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them.

In 2019, the Veolia group supplied 98 million people with drinking water and 67 million people with wastewater service, produced nearly 45 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 50 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of €27.189 billion in 2019 (USD 29.9 billion). www.veolia.com

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