Litter reports down since Cleaner Havering launched

Published: Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Havering Council has seen a 22 per cent drop in the number of reports of litter as compared to this time last year.

In the first quarter of 2019, the number of reports was 382 compared to the same time in 2018, when 491 reports were received.

But the Council will continue to enforce action around those who drop litter, with on-the-spot fines of up to £80.

Residential street cleaning has been increased from every three weeks to every fortnight with an extra £400,000 invested by the Council.

Enforcement action is being stepped up around fly tipping and littering, the disposal of dog mess and helping to keep our rivers and parks healthy and clean.

Over the last two months, there has been an extensive cleaning programme to clear chewing gum in hot spots in South Street, Romford and Elm Park and those works are now taking place in Rainham this month [August].

Cllr Osman Dervish, Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

"We're delighted at seeing a reduction in the number of reports about litter, but that doesn't mean the work stops here.

"We need residents to do their part and work with us, to help us change people’s behaviours. We are carrying out strong enforcement action against those who still think it is ok to drop litter, chewing gum, and fly-tip or don't pick up after their dogs.

"We have seen a great response from residents of all ages across our borough who have joined us or have been hosting their own community clean-ups and litter picks and we know residents report issues to us, we ask them to keep doing this.

“It’s been great to see and we hope that we continue to have even less complaints as we work towards a cleaner and greener borough."