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Fly-tip crackdown reaches 100 prosecutions

Croydon Council has now prosecuted more than 100 fly-tippers and litterers in the past two years as part of its ’Don’t Mess With Croydon’ campaign.

In the latest batch, magistrates ordered 11 offenders to pay a total of £4,335 in fines and court costs for offences ranging from fly-tipping waste to discarding cigarette ends, bringing the overall total to 107.

One person was ordered to pay £600 for dumping an office chair, a bed frame, cardboard boxes containing waste and wood in South Norwood in December.

Another was fined £545 for leaving a black bag of waste next to a house in January, while a third was ordered to pay £545 for fly-tipping a television box and six black bin bags of household rubbish in December.

The council’s campaign was launched two years ago to combine enforcement with encouraging more than 300 local people to lead litter-picking groups. Other initiatives include:

  • tighter collection rules on commercial waste left on shop fronts
  • 80 extra dual recycling bins
  • 1,320 inspections to check businesses have the right licences
  • encouraging 240 businesses to pledge to keep their street tidier

Croydon councillor Stuart Collins said: “The ’Don’t Mess’ campaign is about everyone doing the responsible thing to keep our borough tidy, and these latest prosecutions underline how we will continue to hold fly-tippers and litterers to account.

“I’m proud of the progress made in the two years since we launched this campaign. I look forward to more successes, whether that is continuing to inspire community action or targeting fly-tipping hotspots.”

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