A van used to illegally dump waste has been crushed and displayed across the borough as part of the council’s ongoing campaign against fly-tipping.
The van, which the council seized and crushed after being used to dump two tonnes of waste in Waddon, is being displayed at nine locations across the borough as a warning to other potential fly-tippers.
The council seized the white Ford Transit on 21 February after two men were spotted tipping floor materials, windows, wood and other building waste in Lysander Road before fleeing on foot.
The van crushing comes after a separate case where Croydon magistrates sentenced a man on 7 May to six months in prison and ordered him to pay court costs totalling £7,413 for illegally dumping 42 tonnes of waste – the same weight as six elephants – in Martin Crescent, Waddon.
The council’s ongoing Don’t Mess With Croydon – Take Pride campaign, which was launched last June, combines council enforcement action with getting communities to do their bit. So far this has included six prosecutions in one day in March and recruiting more than 200 local volunteers to lead community clear-ups.
“Fly-tipping blights our borough, and we will track any person or vehicle involved in it.
“Anyone thinking about fly-tipping should think again once they’ve seen how we get rid of vehicles used for this kind of crime.”
Councillor Stuart Collins, deputy leader – Clean Green Croydon
The van has so far been taken to New Addington, Thornton Heath, Upper Norwood and Croydon town centre, and will be at the following locations this week:
• Tuesday 19 May – outside Sainsbury’s in Purley High Street
• Wednesday 20 May – outside Coulsdon library in Brighton Road
• Thursday 21 May – South End
• Friday 22 May – Lower Addiscombe Road outside Co-op
• Saturday 23/Sunday 24 May – North End outside Barclays Bank
Anyone with information on dumped waste should contact the council’s dedicated fly-tipping hotline on 020 8604 7000 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org