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Rubbish left outside

Reported in the Dumped rubbish category anonymously at 20:09, Fri 13 June 2014

Sent to Tower Hamlets 1 minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 488258.

We keep having tons of rubbish left outside in front of numer 17. (Where I live) . It looks Like Naples !!

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  • The look like council bags, most or all of it is probably temporary storage by the street cleaner. On the other hand you have a serious graffiti problem!

    Posted anonymously at 22:15, Fri 13 June 2014

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 09:35, Sun 13 July 2014

  • Problem was rubbish dumping on my street ( Cheshire Street) . Every time I contact the council about it I get a template answer that says that my report was noted and that they will remove the rubbish. I replied insistently saying that the main issue isn't removing the rubbish but to find out who dump it on the street and punish them. It's a serious issue and it's making Cheshire Street look like a real joke.

    Posted anonymously at 09:35, Sun 13 July 2014

  • Fly tipping is a very expensive crime for which to obtain convictions. It is also affecting the whole of London. You have to catch the offender in the act and get enough information to identify them beyond reasonable doubt.

    Installing CCTV is expensive and most councils have run out of their budgets to do so. It also tends to move the problem, rather than cure it. Professional fly tippers use false number plates and, for a site like this, all you might get is a picture of someone in a hoodie, or a fuzzy face with no way of matching it to a name and address.

    In this case, the purple bags, are almost certainly not fly tipped. They are probably just being used by the street cleaners. The black bags and boxes are probably fly-tipping attracted by the purple ones, and by the graffiti,

    Rather than using incident reporting channels, you probably need approach your councillors, as both increased surveillance and changing policies on street litter collection arrangements are things that need to be done at the political level.

    Ultimately, though, the real reason that your street, and many others look like they are suffering from urban decay is because that is what they are suffering from. In the few cases where I believe I know the origin of a tip, it has been within about 200m of the source, so I don't think this is outsider crime.

    The best ways of avoiding fly-tipping are for people to feel pride in their neighbourhood, and to not turn a blind eye when they see it happening. More than obvious CCTV, what is most likely to put fear into a fly-tipper is the likelihood that they are being captured on camera by the neighbours.

    At the moment, I would estimate around 10% of the London population is involved in low level fly-tipping. I think it is seen as a sort of tax dodging.

    Posted anonymously at 10:28, Sun 13 July 2014

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