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Fly-tipping 'rising due to charge'

PUBLISHED: 20:38 29 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 24 August 2010

by Nadia Sam-Daliri A bitter dispute over the £25 charge for special collections has surfaced, with a councillor saying figures prove it has increased fly-tipping. Cllr James Powney, Kensal Green ward said figures that show that special c

by Nadia Sam-Daliri

A bitter dispute over the £25 charge for special collections has surfaced, with a councillor saying figures prove it has increased fly-tipping.

Cllr James Powney, Kensal Green ward said figures that show that special collections are down by 65 per cent since charges were introduced in April 2007 point to more people dumping their hefty household items.

He said: "Collections are down dramatically so where is all this extra rubbish going? It's likely that to avoid paying, people are dumping items on the streets.

"I'd like to see the charge abolished. Also, the stuff that is dumped is contaminated and can't be recycled so there's an environmental issue too."

But Brent Council has vehemently defended itself, using the results of an independent inspection to show a marked fall rather than rise in fly-tipping.

Inspectors, ENCAMS, who run the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign, found that from April to July this year, Brent's streets were 87 per cent cleaner, making them the fourth best in London.

The council says the fall in special collections is due to people dealing with their waste themselves by taking it to Brent's Re-Use and Recycling Centre in Park Royal, or using internet sites to get rid of it.

A spokesman said: "There's nothing to suggest people are fly-tipping. Independent surveys prove our streets are cleaner than ever, thanks to Brent Council's investing in a first-class waste service."

The number of residents reporting fly-tipping has gone down since last year with the council recording 1,841 incidents in January 2007 and 717 in May 2008.

Officers said there has been no change in the way flytips are logged from before the charge to after.

The number of residents calling the council to collect their old furniture and white goods has gone down from 2,248 in January 2007 to 672 in May 2008.

nadia.sam-daliri@archant.co.uk

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