Over a thousand support the Great British September Clean, helping to fight fly-tips!

12 October 2020

four masked people stand in front of a pile of mattresses leaning against a wall

Communities came together to help fight illegal rubbish dumping in September. Residents organised Clean-Ups and brought bulky waste to the Community Skip, which has just completed a tour of all 21 Brent wards.

Throughout the month of the Great British September Clean:

  • 1,200 residents used the free Community Skip
  • Dropping over 2,600 bulky items
  • Almost 150 people from resident groups and businesses joined socially-distant Community Clean-Ups
  • Collecting 300 bags of litter between them

The council’s Neighbourhood Managers organised dates for the Community Skip in each ward, while Veolia was on-hand to help sort through bulky items to ensure any furniture, electricals, bikes and bric-a-brac in good working condition would not go to waste.

4.62 tonnes of these sorts of items have been donated to the British Heart Foundation and a new pop-up shop being run by West London Waste Authority.

Cllr Krupa Sheth, Lead Member for Environment, said: “Thank you to everyone who got involved this September, whether you volunteered at a Clean-Up or dropped an old bookshelf at one of our Skips. As we’ve seen from the figures, actions like this all add up.

“I want to take this opportunity to reiterate that illegal rubbish dumping will not be tolerated in Brent – it’s a simple message, but one that we need to keep on sending loud and clear.”

Gisela Endres, Contract Manager for Veolia Brent said: “Initiatives like the Community Skip and the Great British September Clean remind residents that much of what we throw away can be reused or recycled, and that what we do with our waste really matters. We were delighted to support these events, and we hope that Brent residents continue practise sustainable waste behaviours, to help protect our local environment.”


man puts wooden chair into a blue skip (text on skip reads: Brent Community Skip)