A council has launched a major crackdown on litter louts in a bid to become London’s “cleanliness capital”.
Fly-tip YouTube channel will name and shame litter louts in council crackdown
Barking and Dagenham has created a 10-strong team of officers to patrol the streets and issue £75 on-the-spot fines to offenders.
The borough has also launched a “grime crime” YouTube series, aimed at identifying fly-tippers caught on CCTV.
In the first week of the operation, which launched in the last week of November, the enforcement team issued 45 fines. Offenders who do not pay within two weeks will be named on the council website and threatened with court action, where they could be fined up to £2,500.
Barking and Dagenham councillor Darren Rodwell told the Standard: “We want to be the cleanliness capital of London.”
As part of the scheme, officers are tasked with sifting through illegally dumped rubbish looking for clues which will identify fly-tippers. They will also post CCTV of wanted offenders on the council website’s “wall of shame”.
Although the council previously used on-the-spot fines, it is the first time it has employed a dedicated team.
Mr Rodwell said: “If we are going to catch the culprits we need people to work with us.
“That is why our wall of shame asks residents to tell us who the individuals caught on camera are.”
But some residents are not convinced the plan is working and say the borough does not have enough public bins or a good enough refuse collection. Dave Sheldon said: “I agree if you are caught littering you should be fined.
“However, I would like to see how they are planning to make the borough the cleanest [in London] when they are struggling to do the basics like actually taking people’s bins when they are due.”
By late December the borough has issued almost 400 fixed penalty notices. It says it spends £380,000 a year cleaning up after fly-tippers.