Recent reports from Merton residents show that there have been incidents of bogus refuse collectors asking for tips from residents in the borough.
Genuine refuse collectors are council employees and are covered by the same rules of conduct as all council staff. All council staff know that they are also not allowed to request or solicit for tips in any way. In any case, all small gifts received have to be declared and staff are NOT allowed to accept cash.
Recent reports include a woman knocking on doors claiming to be collecting for refuse staff and people putting Christmas cards through doors asking for tips.
Anyone who is approached by someone saying they are a refuse collector should:
· Ask for their ID
· Do not tip them
· Pass the information to the council by calling 020 8274 4902.
Reports of any such incidents will be reported to the Police immediately.
For further advice call Merton Council on 020 8274 4902.
Senior Press & PR Officer
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 3327