Merton Council clamps down on criminal waste

Immediate Release

Item Number 156/02

31 July 2002

Merton Council clamps down on criminal waste
Fly tipping costs man £1,250

Merton Council has successfully prosecuted a Merton resident after he was found guilty of abandoning refuse on the open land adjacent to Brickfield Road, Wimbledon.

Soporn Samingpai was charged with dumping numerous items including a bicycle and a door. A £650 fine was imposed with additional legal costs of £600 at the Wimbledon Magistrates Court on July 10. Mr Samingpai is ordered to pay £400 immediately and £150 thereafter on the 14 day of each month (commencing in August).

The area is a fly tipping hotspot with an additional man convicted of dumping waste on the same land only this February after he was caught on video camera.

The average fly tip costs Merton £87 to remove and safely dispose of, totalling the annual cost up to more than £100,000.

Councillor Linda Kirby, Cabinet Minister for Environmental Quality said: “This latest prosecution is one of a series of cases that reflect the determination of the Council to deal quickly and efficiently with the anti social problem of fly tipping in order to keep the streets clean.”

Merton monitors fly tipping hotspots and if a fly tipper is caught on camera they will be prosecuted. If the council cannot identify a fly tipper, their picture will be printed in the local press, put up in Merton Civic Centre and the borough’s public libraries. If a member of the public can then identify and provide an address for the person responsible they will receive a £50 reward.

Anyone who can help to identify fly tippers should contact Merton Council on the waste hotline 0208 545 4157
To find out more about Merton’s environmental commitments visit: http://www.merton.gov.uk/environmentalservices/charter/.asp

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Press Contact- Jan Leslie