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Editor’s comment: We are in grip of fly-tipping epidemic

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 August 2018

A fly-tipper was fined £1,000 back in 2014 for leaving this waste behind in Ongar Way, Rainham.

A fly-tipper was fined £1,000 back in 2014 for leaving this waste behind in Ongar Way, Rainham.

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“Even in poor ex-Soviet Union countries you simply do not see the rubbish we get in the UK. It makes me ashamed.”

The words of Hornchurch resident Robert Farnsworth in our feature about the scourge of fly-tipping which blights our borough.

The Recorder has regularly raised the issue of rubbish being dumped in Havering.

While in neighbouring Redbridge the problem is mainly small amounts of unwanted household items like mattresses and broken furniture abandoned on the pavements, in Havering our problem is more often giant heaps of rubble or large amounts of furniture clearly taken from house clearances.

Last year a skip filled with rubbish was dumped in Little Gerpins Lane, Upminster, blocking the road.

Clearing fly-tipped rubbish costs the council – and therefore Havering tax payers – hundreds of thousands of pounds a year.

Allison Ogden-Newton, of Keep Britain Tidy, says the country is in the grip of a fly-tipping epidemic.

In the capital, fly-tipping has increased at twice the national rate.

The problem is exacerbated by the huge costs of waste disposal but we can all do our bit by ensuring that if we employ someone to take away bulky waste we ask to see their waste disposal licence.

If they don’t have one, go to a different firm.

And tougher penalties could make a difference.

At the moment fining someone a few hundred quid will probably not stop them from dumping rubbish again.

Losing their driving licence – as happened to one fly-tipper who appeared before Southend magistrates – might hammer home the message.

We are fed up with parts of our borough looking dirty and full of rubbish.

We have to make a stand and show that fly-tipping is not acceptable in Havering.

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