The council’s Don’t Mess With Croydon – Take Pride campaign has now prosecuted 107 fly-tippers and litterers following the latest successful court cases on Tuesday.
Magistrates ordered the 11 latest culprits to pay a total of £4,335 in fines and court costs for offences ranging from fly-tipping waste to littering cigarette ends.
Croydon Council’s Don’t Mess campaign launched two years ago to combine enforcement with encouraging over 300 local people to lead litter picks. Tuesday’s prosecutions were:
• Mumbela Judi Jaime, of Church Road in South Norwood, was ordered to pay a total of £600 for fly-tipping an office chair, a bed frame, cardboard boxes containing waste and wood in Church Road in South Norwood on 9 December.
• Dermitro Marin, of Chipstead Avenue in Thornton Heath, was ordered to pay a total of £545 for fly-tipping a black bag of waste alongside a property in Warlingham Road on 6 January.
• Grzegorz Jan Kolba, aged 57, of Selhurst Road in Selhurst, was ordered to pay a total of £545 for fly-tipping a television box and six black bin bags of household rubbish in Green Lane in Thornton Heath on 4 December.
• Tyrone Agbeko, aged 20, from Crispin Crescent in Beddington, was ordered to pay a total of £435 for using an unlicensed waste carrier. The items taken were discovered as a fly-tip consisting of a bed base, suitcase, TV monitor, bedding, clothing and other household waste on a public footpath in Dalmally Road in Addiscombe on 19 December.
• Charlene Daniel, of Church Road in Croydon, was ordered to pay a total of £380 for fly-tipping several bags of household rubbish on the pavement in Church Road on 16 December.
• Ayaz Nabeel Shahan, of London Road in Thornton Heath, was ordered to pay a total of £200 for littering a sack of mixed household waste on the footpath in Colliers Water Lane on 4 December.
• Otegwu Godwin, of Heathhurst Road in Sanderstead, was ordered to pay a total of £435 for urinating behind Centrale shopping centre in Frith Road, Croydon, on 3 December.
• Ronak Patel, of Weybridge Road in Thornton Heath, was ordered to pay a total of £435 for urinating on the footpath in Colliers Water Lane on 4 December.
• Kim Bulmer, aged 32, of Woodbank Road in Bromley, was ordered to pay a total of £280 for dropping a cigarette end in Church Road in Croydon on 16 December.
• Joel Edwards, of Portland Road in Croydon, was ordered to pay a total of £280 for dropping a cigarette end in North End, Croydon, on 8 December.
• Vicky Major, aged 36, of Tylecroft Road in Norbury, was ordered to pay a total of £200 for dropping a cigarette end in Fell Road in Croydon on 11 January.
Any resident or business found to have fly-tipped or used an unlicensed waste carrier faces unlimited fines and a possible court conviction.
Other council initiatives introduced as part of the campaign have included:
• Tighter collection rules on waste left on shopfront pavements
• Installing 80 more dual rubbish and recycling bins along streets in the north of the borough
• Over 1,320 inspections to check businesses have the right waste licences
• Encouraging over 240 businesses to sign a pledge to keep their street tidier.
“The Don’t Mess campaign is about everyone doing the responsible thing to keep our borough tidy, and these latest prosecutions underline how we will continue to hold fly-tippers and litterers to account.
“I’m proud of the progress made in the two years since we launched this campaign and I look forward to more successes, whether that is continuing to inspire community action or targeting fly-tipping hotspots.”
Councillor Stuart Collins, deputy leader – Clean Green Croydon
For more information on how to get involved in the Don’t Mess With Croydon – Take Pride campaign, visit the council website.
You can also report dumped waste via the council’s dedicated fly-tipping hotline on 0208 604 7000, the council’s My Croydon smartphone app or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org