The West London borough that's about to hike fines for fly-tipping and littering

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Fly-tipping and littering charges are to be significantly increased in a West London borough in a bid to discourage offending. Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s Cabinet last night (June 3) agreed to hike the charges for the first time since December 2017.

From July this year, residents in the borough will be paying almost double the current charge for littering, and up to five-times as much for fly-tipping. A new charge is also to be introduced, for breaches of the Household Waste Duty of Care.

Opposition councillor Adronie Alford (Con) told the Labour Cabinet members while she has no problem with the increases per se, she does have concerns about residents receiving Fixed Penalty Notices charges (FPNs) due to rubbish being left by refuse collectors.

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“I don’t really want to get a fixed penalty, and I don’t really want any of my residents to get a fixed penalty because of something that hasn’t been caused by a resident but has regretfully been caused by the failure of our operatives,” she said.

Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of the Council, said he has also previously been frustrated by waste left by collectors, though that it had gotten a lot better under the current contract with Veolia.

He added the shift from residents using plastic bags to disposing of waste in bins should also make a difference.

Cllr Alford was further assured by a council officer that he will personally take the issue up with the contractor if it reoccurs.

The new charges are due to come in on July 1. Hammersmith and Fulham Council is one of three local authorities in London increasing its charges, alongside Tower Hamlets and Bexley.

What will the new charges be?

The new charges agreed by the council’s Cabinet members are:

  • Littering - maximum permitted charge of £150 with an early repayment amount of £100 (up from £80/£60 if early)

  • Fly-tipping - £1,000 with an early repayment amount of £500 (up from £200/£150 if early)

  • Breaches of the Household Waste Duty of Care - £400 with an early repayment amount of £250

Documents prepared for the Cabinet meeting detailed how the new Breaches of the Household Waste Duty of Care charge covers instances including when someone is found to have sent their household waste to a person at a site which does not have an exemption or a permit, or when fly-tipped waste can be traced back to someone who is found “to have failed to take reasonable steps to ensure that they transferred the waste to an authorised person”.

Explaining why the charges are being increased, council officers wrote: “The increased FPNs will contribute towards the cost of removing litter and fly tips and taking enforcement action. Dumped waste can also present health and safety risks to the community and the environment. Tackling waste offences like littering and fly tipping effectively is important in order to protect our local environment from pollution and harm, prevent vermin infestations and to keep the community safe and healthy by managing public health risks.”

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