Fly-tipping in Barking and Dagenham results in the equivalent weight of 551 Renault Clios being collected last year
Barking and Dagenham Council collected around 665 tonnes of fly-tipping from the borough’s streets last year – the equivalent weight of 551 Renault Clios.
The startling statistic was revealed as part of the council’s latest CCTV appeal video, a fortnightly online-only series aimed at identifying culprits caught on camera dumping waste illegally.
Episode eight focuses on a well-known trouble spot around Dagenham Heathway and features a distinctive group of fly-tippers dressed in their pyjamas and a woman using a pram to transport her bag of rubbish.
The CCTV Appeal series is part of the council's Wall of Shame campaign, which highlights the work the council is doing to tackle grime crime in the borough – from fly-tipping to rogue landlords.
"Confine fly-tipping to the dustbin of history"
Councillor Margaret Mullane, Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Public Safety, said: "We hope that this latest appeal is as successful as previous ones, and leads to the identification of the people featured, but we need the help of the whole community to do so.
"We want all of our residents to be proud of living in Barking and Dagenham, and that means helping us confine fly-tipping to the dustbin of history."
The YouTube series has received more than 10,000 views since launching in August and has already successfully led to £1,650 worth of fines being issued to fly-tippers featured.
Dagenham Heathway is just one of a number of places in Barking and Dagenham that is monitored 24/7 by CCTV cameras.
"One of the many ways we're tackling it"
Councillor Syed Ghani, Cabinet Member for Public Realm, said: "Fly-tipping is a massive issue in our borough and the CCTV Appeal is just one of the many ways we’re tackling it.
"If you're struggling to get rid of some bulky waste, then you can arrange to have it collected through the council website."
- For more about our work on tackling grime crime visit our Wall of Shame.