Fly-tipping crackdown success

Published 5th October 2017

Shireland Road fly-tipped rubbish

Twenty-seven fly-tippers have been issued with maximum £400 fines since Sandwell Council set up a new rapid enforcement team in May.

Fly-tipping reports have fallen sharply too, with Smethwick seeing nearly a 40 per cent reduction.

Councillor Elaine Costigan, the council’s cabinet member for public health and protection, said: “The combination of rapid enforcement and putting cameras in hotspots seems to be making a real difference.

"Fly-tipping is unsightly and anti-social. There really is no excuse for dumping rubbish on our streets and open spaces. I hope the message is now hitting home that fly-tippers will be fined.”

Councillor Costigan said fly-tipping was also an unnecessary financial burden on the council taxpayer, with the council having to deal with illegally dumped waste at a cost of more than £300,000 a year.

Sandwell still provides weekly bin collections, the tip in Shidas Lane, Oldbury, is open seven days a week and there’s a bulky waste collection service.

Sandwell-wide, fly-tipping reports are down 13 per cent for the 1 May to 31 August period this year compared to the same months in 2016. Reports were down from 2,047 to 1,788.

In Smethwick, the reduction was 39 per cent, with reports down from 1,025 to 628.

The 27 fines were issued for a variety of dumped items, as follows.

  • 26/05/17 – Smethwick – Black bags
  • 31/05/17 – West Bromwich – Mattress/white goods
  • 13/06/17 – Oldbury – Black bags
  • 14/06/17 – Smethwick – Trade waste
  • 22/06/17 – Smethwick – Black bags
  • 22/06/17 – Rowley Regis – Black bags
  • 28/06/17 – Smethwick – Black bags
  • 28/06/17 – Smethwick – Black bags
  • 07/07/17 – Smethwick – Black bags
  • 13/07/17 – Smethwick – Mattress
  • 19/07/17 – Smethwick – Black bags
  • 25/07/17 – Smethwick – Bed base and mattress
  • 28/07/17 – Smethwick – Black bags
  • 28/07/17 – Smethwick – Black bags
  • 28/07/17 – Smethwick – Wooden floor
  • 28/07/17 – Smethwick – Rubble
  • 09/08/17 – Tipton – Trade waste
  • 16/08/17 – Smethwick – Black bags
  • 18/08/17 – Smethwick – Bagged clothes
  • 25/08/17 – Tipton – Garden waste
  • 29/08/17 – Yew Tree Estate – Black bags
  • 01/09/17 – Oldbury – Black bags
  • 07/09/17 – Smethwick – Black bags
  • 07/09/17 – Smethwick – Black bags
  • 12/09/17 – Wednesbury – Furniture
  • 29/09/17 – Smethwick – Black bags
  • 29/09/17 – Smethwick – Black Bags

The new enforcement team also provides information and advice to residents on how to appropriately dispose of their waste.

Householders also face prosecution and an unlimited fine if they give their waste to someone who then illegally dumps it. Always ask where they are taking it and to see their waste carrier’s licence.

Report fly-tipping online or call 0121 368 1177.