Our work to clear estates of flytipping gets you talking

Last month, we began a campaign to fight back against the louts who dump rubbish in communal areas.

Our Housing Officers have been knocking on doors and asking residents to report incidents to us.

On the doorsteps, you’ve been telling us it’s a problem in many neighbourhoods.

You’ve also been taking to Facebook, alerting us to rubbish left in areas including Wolseley Road, Kinnaird Crescent, Pembroke Lane and St George Place.

Leah Sanderson, Senior Housing Officer, said: “Tenants have said they’ve seen non residents flytip during the night, use our bins and contaminate green bin waste.

“They’ve seen rubbish thrown over balconies and some have said they’ve seen kids play on it and it then gets thrown all over the place. This is obviously dangerous.

“Many of the offenders don’t even live on our estates. We will always take tenancy action, recharge and refer to Plymouth City Council where we can identify a perpetrator of flytipping.”

Following on from the walkabouts, we’ll be recharging at least one person for flytipping and have referred another case to Plymouth City Council so further action can be taken. This was after builder’s rubble was discovered near our homes.

You can see for yourself some of the things we’ve had to remove – pictured are just a selection of items we’ve found in West Hoe, Stoke Road, Claremont Street, Morley Court and Clowance Street over the past few weeks.

Our Rangers have picked up dresser drawers, mattresses, TVs, fridges, vacuum cleaners and gym equipment.

Flytipping is any waste that is illegally dumped on land without the owner’s permission.

We don’t provide a free bulky waste collection service. Paid-for collections are offered by the city council or waste can be taken to Weston Mill or Chelson Meadow.

However, our Rangers end up disposing of flytipping – when they should be doing other jobs. 

To report flytipping, call us on 0808 230 6500 or Plymouth City Council on 01752 668000.