Fly tipping surge costs Brent £500k
PUBLISHED: 15:09 30 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:25 30 October 2015
The cost of clearing rubbish dumped on streets and public spaces in Brent piled up to over half a million pounds last year, government figures have revealed.
The data show Brent Council spent a total of £531,178 clearing illegally dumped household waste, appliances and other refuse in 2014-2015.
The council manged to claw back just £11,670 of tax payers’ money in fines.
The figures, published this month by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs, also show ‘action costs’ spent on handling call-outs to hundreds of fly-tipping incidents in the borough reached £130,881 last year.
The eye-watering figures come after Freedom of Information requests by the Press Association last month revealed the number of illegal dumping incidents in the borough surged by 84 per cent last year, making it the worst-hit local authority in the country.
The council has introduced a free ‘bulky goods’ collection service to minimize the soaring coast of fly-tipping but it has been claimed that a £30 annual fee for the collection of garden waste from residents’ homes has seen a rise in people fly-tipping in an attempt to get around the so-called “green tax”.
Brent Council signed a nine-year waste-collection and street cleaning service contract with private company Veolia in April last year.
Councillor Mohammed Butt, leader of Brent council, said: “Brent has a new and enhanced public realm contract with Veolia which covers all aspects of street cleaning, refuse collection, recycling and grounds maintenance, which includes tackling flytipping.
“Should flytipping happen to rise within any period, the cost of this would be met by Veolia under the current contract agreement and there would be no additional expense to the taxpayer.
“We know that flytipping is an issue that affects the whole of London and that Brent is no exception, but the council is taking action to combat it, such as by identifying and prosecuting offenders, informing residents on correct ways to dispose of waste, encouraging residents to recycle and working with local community groups on ‘days of action’ to clean up specific areas, helping to make Brent a cleaner and greener borough.”