Published: Friday, 10th February 2017
Four local businesses who dumped waste have been fined the maximum penalty.
The Royal Borough of Greenwich acted quickly after unsightly rubbish including cardboard boxes, black sacks and even a chair were left piled up near Passey Place in Eltham.
Eltham Police team reported the eyesore on 16 January and Council enforcement officers quickly removed the waste and examined the contents to identify the culprits. Fixed Penalty Notices totalling £1,600 were issued to the offending businesses over the next few days.
'Committed to punishing fly-tippers'
Cllr Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Environment, said: "The Royal Borough of Greenwich is committed to punishing fly-tippers who show blatant disregard to our community including, in this instance, the customers they serve. We have a zero-tolerance approach to this crime and will always issue the maximum £400 Fixed Penalty Notice wherever relevant.
"Thank you to our residents who continue to alert us to fly-tipping and share intelligence on suspected culprits. By working together we can help crack down on fly-tipping in the borough for good."
Campaign to tackle fly-tipping
In June 2016 the Royal Borough of Greenwich launched an all-out campaign to tackle fly tipping. This involves enforcement officers issuing the new on-the-spot fixed penalty notice for fly tipping of up to £400 when they have proof that an offence has been committed.
The Royal Borough of Greenwich also assigned three dedicated task forces to respond quickly to incidents and gather intelligence. There is signage throughout the borough making it explicit that fly tipping is a serious offence and will be met with fines or prosecution.