Merton Council set up temporary living room to highlight the effects of fly-tipping across the borough

Room for improvement: Councillor Judy Saunders (above) says fly-tippers will be prosecuted

Room for improvement: Councillor Judy Saunders (above) says fly-tippers will be prosecuted

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Merton Council set up a make-shift living room in Mitcham Fair Green last week, to raise awareness of the negative impact of littering and fly-tipping.

It was set up by the waste enforcement team, who furnished it with items from their bulky waste collection service.

The room was then sprawled with rubbish gathered from recent fly-tipping incidents-with the council seeking to highlight how the practice tarnishes the image of the borough.

Cabinet member for environmental cleanliness Councillor Judy Saunders said: “We are sending out a clear message to people who fly-tip and  drop litter in Merton- you would not do this in your home, so do not do this in our borough or we will take tough action.

“Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and we will prosecute anyone we find doing it in Merton.”

A recent independent survey found 72 per cent of residents would describe Merton streets as clean, but the council is fighting an ongoing battle against fly-tipping.

The room was based in Mitcham Fair Green on Thursday, August 21.

Merton Council has made it easier to report incidents through the free Love Clean Streets smart-phone app.

To download it click here.

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7:19am Sun 24 Aug 14

tjames says...

yawn--what a load of rubbish--we pay merton--or those of us whd do not receive benefits do--to keep the streets clean the drains unblocked the verges tidy etc--but they do zilch except grizzle that they need more money. lets introduce competition by removing their monopoly on council tax?
yawn--what a load of rubbish--we pay merton--or those of us whd do not receive benefits do--to keep the streets clean the drains unblocked the verges tidy etc--but they do zilch except grizzle that they need more money. lets introduce competition by removing their monopoly on council tax? tjames
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10:00am Tue 26 Aug 14

clarepg says...

I have the Love Clean Streets app and it is great. See rubbish in the morning, report it and its normally gone by the time I get home. The problem is I shouldn't have to do it. Merton get enough money that they should have teams go up and picking up the rubbish not just waiting for us to report it. Fly tipping always happens in the same places so why not install CCTV and actually catch them doing it otherwise how will these people be fined. Fly tippers never tip where they live they always drive to someone else's street and do it.
I have the Love Clean Streets app and it is great. See rubbish in the morning, report it and its normally gone by the time I get home. The problem is I shouldn't have to do it. Merton get enough money that they should have teams go up and picking up the rubbish not just waiting for us to report it. Fly tipping always happens in the same places so why not install CCTV and actually catch them doing it otherwise how will these people be fined. Fly tippers never tip where they live they always drive to someone else's street and do it. clarepg
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