Release Date: 26 February 2018
Residents are being encouraged to show their pride for the local area and the appearance of their streets by joining the Council’s campaign to #KeepRichmondClean and reduce the impact of fly-tipping and littering.
Whilst the majority of households do a great job in recycling and disposing of their waste properly there is clearly still an issue with people who either don’t know or don’t care about the rules.
Richmond upon Thames is lucky to have fantastic contractors who do a great job in clearing up this waste and community groups who dedicate a lot of time to keeping the borough clean. This shouldn’t be necessary if everyone respected the environment in which they live or work and played their part in keeping Richmond clean.
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet Member for Environment, Business and Community said:
“Fly-tipping isn’t just the high profile builders’ rubble and mattresses and big items that you read about. It’s anything that you don’t put in the bin. That’s why the Council is very grateful for the time our residents take to sort their waste so we can recycle as much as possible.
“Unlike many other councils Richmond has retained its weekly waste collection and we collect waste and recycling from around 83,000 households each week. We also provide recycling bins on the streets and in car parks and plenty of litter bins throughout the borough.
“Sadly, despite all this provision there is still too much fly-tipping and littering in our streets and around our borough. This thoughtless and antisocial behaviour is a blight on this borough. It is particularly disheartening to see flytipping in our beautiful parks and green spaces as this injures and kills our wildlife.
“We want to make it clear to people that this behaviour is not acceptable. We have the power to issue fines of up to £400 to anyone who spoils our beautiful borough and we won’t hesitate to use them.”
To report an incident of fly-tipping visit our website.
If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Lyle Skipsey on 020 8487 5182.
Updated: 2 March 2018