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WILD WASTE: Fly tipping attracts pests as Northwood High Street covered in rubbish

 Published on: 19th June 2024   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Northwood resident has stated that frequent incidents of fly tipping have led to pests invading the local area.

Photos sent to Northwood & Ruislip News by a local business owner show a variety of large household items and rubbish bags dumped on the pavement on the High Street.

These items include mattresses, broken trollies, paint pots and a baby’s cot, as well as piles of plastic bin bags and cardboard boxes.

The contents of the bags have also attracted London’s population of foxes, resulting in rubbish being strewn across the pavement.

The resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “It creates an environmental and health issue, as foxes are dragging rubbish into the streets.

“We have caught people on camera and sent it to the council, but no action seems to be taken.”

A spokesperson for Hillingdon Council said: “We work hard to clear incidents of fly tipping quickly and help keep the borough looking clean and pleasant, so it’s disappointing that a select few risk a hefty fine, or even imprisonment, by illegally dumping their rubbish. There is also no excuse to do so when there are many ways to dispose of waste responsibly. Residents can use our free, weekly waste and recycling collections, Harefield Civic Amenity Site or West Drayton waste weekends, and we also offer a bulky waste collection service for large and heavy items.

“We’re aware of one recent report related to a dumped mattress in Northwood High Street. A site visit was carried out and the area cleared. However, CCTV evidence was not provided. Any CCTV evidence which could assist in identifying those responsible should be sent to for investigation.

“We always seek to prosecute or fine fly tippers where there is sufficient evidence to identify an offender. Anyone who witnesses an environmental crime in the borough, or has information to help identify those responsible, should get in touch.”

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