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Council fines and prosecutes Sutton flytippers

Published Tuesday, 1st December 2020

Sutton Council is cracking down on flytippers in the borough with £400 fines and court action.

This autumn, fines (fixed penalty notices) were issued by borough enforcement officers for flytips in Butter Hill, Wallington; Homeland Drive, South Sutton; Orchard Avenue, Beddington; and Papermill Close, Carshalton. Fines have been issued throughout the year.

The Council has taken legal proceedings against 14 individuals for non-payment of fixed penalties. They all received fines of £220, a victim surcharge of £30 and costs of £190. Sutton is also currently prosecuting six flytippers for dumping materials at different locations around the borough.

Fines and prosecutions are a key part of the Council’s action on flytipping - but residents’ help is also needed to identify perpetrators.

The Council has also launched a high-profile campaign - Let’s SCRAP IT - on social media about what flytipping is, how to report it and the action being taken by the Council and its partners to tackle it. 

Residents in parts of the borough with known flytipping problems are also being encouraged to get involved. Leaflets are being delivered to homes setting out how they can report flytippers as part of the Council’s campaign with partners Veolia, the South London Waste Partnership, the Police, Sutton Housing Partnership and Metropolitan Housing Trust.

Councillor Manuel Abellan, Chair of Sutton’s Environment & Neighbourhood Committee, said:

“We know that our residents want and expect Sutton’s streets to be kept spick and span. They share our ambition to be one of London’s cleanest and greenest boroughs.

“Flytipping is illegal, anti-social and will not be tolerated in Sutton. That’s why the Council is cracking down on flytippers. We are issuing fines and prosecuting. Enough is enough.

“It’s not just about commercial lorries dumping builder’s waste. Even leaving bags of domestic waste by street bins or in our parks is flytipping. Leaving bags of clothes outside closed charity shops and collection banks is flytipping. It all makes our streets less tidy. 

“Everyone needs to be clear what flytipping is. That’s why the Council is working closely with its partners to launch the SCRAP IT campaign to crack down on flytipping in our borough.”