Around Ealing February/March 2019 - Page 15

FLY-TIPPING What a WASTE of money Unsightly and illegal rubbish dumping costs Ealing Council – and therefore you – a staggering £3million a year. Dan Stephens reports. A t a time when the borough is facing its toughest financial challenges in living memory, the council is calling on everyone to help prevent this costly problem by taking responsibility for their rubbish and also helping to catch the perpetrators. There is never any excuse for fly-tipping and even dumping one sack of rubbish costs the council and, ultimately, local people dearly. The council is working across the borough to crack down on fly-tipping, targeting areas that are experiencing sustained levels of illegal dumping. The Cleaner Southall campaign, for example, has recently been launched to help prevent the dumping of rubbish in Southall Broadway and Southall Green wards. It involves working with residents, businesses and the wider community to tackle the problem by making it easier to report any witnessed incidents. And pictures of offenders caught on camera fly-tipping are being displayed locally to help people recognise alleged offenders and ensure they are fined. Increased enforcement is also operating in the area. Councillor Mik Sabiers, the council’s cabinet member for environment and highways said: “It is simply unacceptable to dump rubbish on the borough’s streets – we do not tolerate it and why should you? “In this very challenging financial situation we are asking local people to step forward and do their bit to help prevent fly-tipping.” Find out more at WHAT COULD £3MILLION BE SPENT ON? Here is what else the council could use the money for instead: n Recycle more than 35,000 tonnes of household waste n Pay for 50 social workers for a year n Repair 54,000 metre-wide potholes on the borough’s roads n Provide temporary accommodation for 1,000 vulnerable families for 12 months. MAKE A DIFFERENCE n Help catch the offenders – if you have witnessed someone fly- tipping or recognise an alleged offender, report them online at n Know the facts on fly-tipping – make sure you are not one of the irresponsible minority dumping rubbish on our streets n Get support – use the council’s bulky waste service which collects from your home, and its commercial rubbish and recycling collections, available to local businesses. around ealing    February 2019 15