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Brent residents facing £1,000 fines for ‘rogue flytipping’ as only 6% of cases lead to charges

A North London council has warned residents that they face fines of up to £1,000 for using unlicensed waste collectors, even if it is by accident. Brent is the flytipping capital of England, but just six per cent of cases in the borough are charged.

Between 2022 and 2023, there were 34,830 incidents of flytipping in Brent, according to figures released by the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs. Of the total, just 2,220 (6.3 per cent) received Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs), whilst 33 (1.4 per cent) of those were prosecuted by the courts – costing the council £9,900 – and issued with fines ranging between £201 and £500.

Brent Council has warned residents that they are ‘responsible for carrying out appropriate checks’ to make sure any waste collection provider is legally allowed to take and dispose of it properly. It has warned that ‘rogue flytippers’ are exploiting residents and end up ‘dumping it illegally’.

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Cllr Krupa Sheth, the cabinet member for Environment, Infrastructure, and Climate Action, said: “I know how much residents care about Brent keeping Brent clean and green. Most residents do their best to get rid of things properly and I am pleading with you to check whenever you hand over waste. Don’t fall foul of these scammers as you may end up getting slapped with a fine.”

Brent residents facing £1,000 fines for 'rogue flytipping' as only 6% of cases lead to charges Harrow Online
Cllr Krupa Sheth. Cllr Krupa Sheth has warned that flytippers face ‘hefty fines’ if they are caught. Image Credit: Brent Council. Permission to use with all LDRS partners

Waste is still regularly dumped on Brent streets despite the council doubling the fine from £200 to £400 back in 2016, as well as using ‘wanted’ posters showing people caught in the act. The Brent street where the most incidents have taken place over the last two years is on Connaught Road, where 339 separate cases have been logged – nearly one every other day.

A maximum fine of £1,000 can be issued if waste is given to someone who is not licenced to take it, if this is not paid then residents face being prosecuted. Clearing flytipped land can end up costing taxpayers and the landowner tens of thousands of pounds to clear. Brent Council says it works alongside the Environment Agency, private landowners, and the police to identify those responsible for dumping the waste

Cllr Sheth told the BBC that keeping Brent clean and green is ‘at the heart of everything we do’ and praised the ‘vast majority’ of residents who take pride in the streets and those who help the council pick rubbish up through mass litter-picking events and other such initiatives.

She added: “We are taking serious steps to decrease the amount of rubbish littered on our streets in many ways, mainly through our award-winning Wanted campaign which plasters pictures of fly-tippers across the borough asking for information on who they are, and when we find them we can give them a hefty fine.”

Across the whole of London, there were 422,078 incidents between 2022 and 2023, with FPNs being issued in 44,106 (10.4 per cent) of cases. Of those, 135 cases (0.31 per cent) were prosecuted in the courts.

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