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Flytip crackdown in South London

A special clean-up operation has been carried out in Tooting, South-West London, as part of a new Wandsworth Council initiative to crack down on flytipping and improve the local environment. The councils flytip squad has been targeting people who dump their rubbish on the streets of the Totterdown Fields estate and householders who put their rubbish in far advance of collection day. In response to local residents concerns, the council has taken drastic action to tackle flytippers and litter louts. It also coincides with the London-wide Capital Clean Up organised by the Capital Standards Network, which aims to improve the environmental quality of public spaces in London. The initiative covers around 1,200 properties including Lessingham Avenue, Ruislip Street and Franciscan Road. As well as people dumping old furniture on street corners in this part of Tooting, one of the biggest problems caused by residents is leaving refuse and recycling sacks on pavements too far ahead of collection days. These sacks are often ripped open by cats and foxes and the contents strewn across the pavement. Every property in the area has been given a leaflet advising residents about the ways in which they can reduce litter, including a reminder warning them to leave their refuse sacks inside their front garden gates and not on the pavements. Reminders are also stuck on lampposts throughout the area. Council executive member for environment and leisure Malcolm Grimston said: The vast majority of people who live in this part of Tooting are responsible law-abiding citizens who do not flytip waste or dump old wardrobes and sofas on street corners. However, there is a small minority of people who could not care less about their environment and have no qualms about dropping litter of dumping their rubbish on pavements and these are the people whose behaviour we need to change. It is a shame that some people have to be fined before they get the message that leaving old wardrobes and rubbish sacks out on pavements contributes to the sort of litter and flytipping problems that we are working hard to eradicate.

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