Fly-tipper first to be fined £400 using new council powers

A fly-tipper is the first to have been hit with a £400 fine by Merton Council after new rules were introduced which enable the council to tackle fly-tipping more effectively.

Business owner Jun Chen, of London Road, Tooting, was the first to be fined by the council under new national powers which allow councils to issue £400 Fixed Penalty Notices to businesses or individuals.

Fly tip offence 1 New Shanghai Mr Chen

Previously, offenders could only be prosecuted through the courts, which can be costly, time-consuming and often involve lengthy investigations.

The new powers were introduced nationwide under the Unauthorised Deposit of Waste (Fixed Penalties) Regulations 2016.

Along with enforcement, the council continues to take a more proactive approach in raising awareness of litter issues through educational initiatives such as the ‘Love Your Street’ and ‘Street Champions’ schemes, as well as organising community clean-up days.

Each year the council spends £5 million of taxpayers’ money on clearing up litter and fly-tipping from the streets, and keeping the borough clean.

Mr Chen was fined £400 under the new legislation after he admitted to council officers he had left waste on a public highway.

Items including black sacks, cardboard boxes and oil in a metal container, pictured above, were spotted on the street as part of a joint exercise by one of the council’s Enforcement Officers and Commercial Waste Officers outside his business the New Shanghai Restaurant in Tooting, in the borough of Merton.

Councillor Stephen Alambritis, leader of the council, said: “We welcome these new powers that by-pass the lengthy processes through the courts and will continue to use these new powers wherever and whenever we can.

“We are committed to protecting and improving our local environment and continue to have a zero tolerance policy towards such behaviour.”

Find out how to get involved in the Love Your Street scheme, become a Street Champion or take part in a community clean-up day at merton.gov.uk.

Report litter or fly-tipping using the Love Clean Streets App for your mobile phone.