Fight against litterbugs and flytippers to be stepped up

28 June 2016

Waste enforcement and anti-social behaviour officers are set to step up the fight against rubbish-dumpers blighting our streets as a summer-long crackdown operation got underway last weekend.


From Thursday 23 June, a team of Brent Council waste enforcement and anti-social behaviour officers began patrolling known littering and flytipping hotspots in the borough at key times to catch culprits red-handed.


Council bosses will use statistical data to identify where and when littering and illegal waste dumping is most likely to occur and hope that the increased presence of the officers will also deter other forms of anti-social and criminal behaviour. This operation will be working in conjunction with Brent Police officers who are also launching their 'weeks of action'. The overall partnership action aims to make our streets cleaner, greener and safer.


Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, said: 


"Our 'Love Where You Live' campaign encourages Brent residents to show their love for their neighbourhood by correctly disposing of their waste, by recycling, organising clean up days, reporting dumped rubbish and we have had a great response to it so far."


Cllr Michael Pavey, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, said:


"But it's clear that not everyone is on board, as a minority of residents continue to dump on our streets, which is why we are prescribing a strong dose of 'tough love' through this operation to catch those individuals red-handed and make them take responsibility for their actions and face justice.


"As well as stepping-up the fight against rubbish-dumpers, the visual presence of these officers, be it morning, noon or night, will have the added benefit of helping to deter other forms of anti-social and criminal behaviour and make Brent residents feel more safe."