Flytippers beware – if caught you will be fined or prosecuted!

Release Date: 13 July 2017

Those who dump waste around recycling bins around the borough are reminded that if caught they could either receive a £400 fine or be prosecuted.

Under new powers introduced by the Government earlier last year, Richmond Council can issue Fixed Penalty Notices of up to £400 to those caught fly-tipping anything from business waste, old fridges or sofas to garden waste or rubble. 

In recent months there has been a rise of the amount of waste being reported abandoned at the sides of on-street recycling banks across the borough.

In a bid to clamp down on those who choose not to use other widely available disposal options, Richmond Council is reminding residents and local businesses to check before they dump their waste. And, if they are caught – they will be fined.

In addition to the weekly kerbside waste and recycling service, the borough's household refuse and recycling centre at Townmead can also be used by both residents and traders.  It is open seven days a week and accepts almost all forms of waste, ranging from garden waste to car batteries and DIY waste.

Last month, the Council launched a trial small electrical recycling service at Twickenham and Ham libraries. In addition, the Council offers a bulky waste collection service for fridges, freezers or furniture.

Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Pamela Fleming, said: 

“Richmond is the most beautiful place to live in the country and we will leave no stone unturned when it comes to fining or prosecuting vandals who damage our environment. Flytipping is a criminal offence.

“We are clamping down on those who wish to litter our borough. If anyone is unsure of the rules, go online or contact the Council before you risk a fine – or worse!”

If you witness fly tipping, email sse@richmond.gov.uk. Find out more about Waste and Recycling.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P330/17

Updated: 31 July 2017