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Litter blitz hits rubbish twits

An operation carried out in the north of the borough on Friday (9 October) to crack down on people who think it is OK to rubbish our borough saw 17 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) handed out for littering.

Working in coordination with local police, the council’s local Neighbourhood team swooped on anyone spotted dropping litter, with 17 culprits caught in the act and issued with FPNs. One person was also given an FPN for unlicensed street trading.

Waltham Forest Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Clyde Loakes, said, “We regularly carry out these sorts of exercises in different parts of the borough in order to send the message that we are not prepared to simply sit back and allow people to litter Waltham Forest.

“We work really hard to make it as easy as possible to dispose of litter easily in any one of the 400 dual litter bins placed around the borough. Not only do these give you somewhere to get rid of rubbish, but you can recycle too.”

Waltham Forest is particularly noted for its proactive stance around work to protect and enhance the environment, with a combination of education and enforcement at the forefront of the Council’s crusade against envirocrime.

This has helped combat everything from littering to graffiti and flyposting. Flytipping has been slashed by 32 per cent over the last three years and Waltham Forest remains the only Council to successfully prosecute people caught spitting in the street.

The operation in Chingford was assisted by the Metropolitan Police who provided PCSOs to help verify details, spot offences and provide a presence to deal with potential breaches of the peace.

“Littering might seem to some people like a minor crime,” said Cllr Loakes. “But while it certainly is a crime, we don’t take it lightly here in Waltham Forest.

“Residents and businesses raise the issue with us all the time and expect the council to do something about it. Litter is unsightly and detrimental to the area, it can attract vermin, insects and pests and can be a fire and health hazard.

“If you’re one of those people who believes that dropping litter as no big deal – think again. Those people we caught in this latest swoop are each facing having to pay a £80 fine and council officers will be out and about looking for more litterbugs in the future too. Bin it or pay the price.”  

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