Another five fly-tippers and litterers have been given fines and convictions this week under the council’s Don’t Mess With Croydon – Take Pride campaign.
Dumping black bags of household rubbish, spitting, and dropping cigarettes landed the offenders with fines and costs totalling £1,500 at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
The council has now prosecuted 112 people in the two years since launching its Don’t Mess campaign, which also focuses on recycling and changing behaviour.
So far, the campaign has also encouraged over 300 locals to lead community litter picks, increased recycling by tightening waste collection rules outside shops in Thornton Heath and installed 80 more dual rubbish and recycling bins along streets across the borough.
Tuesday’s prosecutions were:
• Leah Hastie, aged 37, of Lambeth Road in Broad Green, was ordered to pay a total of £300 for fly-tipping five bags of household rubbish in Church Alley on 12 January.
• Rebekah Simpson, aged 22, of Bensham Lane in Thornton Heath, was ordered to pay a total of £300 for fly-tipping five sacks of household waste, a metal frame, a chest of drawers and a wooden toy house on the footpath in Bensham Lane on 23 February.
• Mambo Alfani, aged 40, of Central Parade in New Addington, was ordered to pay a total of £300 for spitting onto the pavement outside the Marks & Spencer store in North End on 4 February.
• Nagel Toomas, aged 33, of Wellesley Road in Croydon, was ordered to pay a total of £300 for dropping a cigarette end outside the Clas Ohlsson store in North End on 25 January.
• Craig Wilkins, aged 33, of Ross Road in Wallington, was ordered to pay a total of £300 for dropping a cigarette onto the pavement outside the Curry’s store in North End on 8 February.
“Fly-tipping and littering on our streets is unacceptable and blights our borough, and these prosecutions show the council will continue to take action against anyone who ignores the law.”
Councillor Stuart Collins, deputy leader – Clean Green Croydon
Any resident or business found to have fly-tipped or used an unlicensed waste carrier faces unlimited fines and a possible court conviction.
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 020 8604 7000, the council’s My Croydon smartphone app or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org