Sex toys, dead dogs, marijuana and lots of money
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Environment
Councils could get 'stop and search powers' in fight against fly-tipping
A London council has revealed some of the stranger items that have been fly-tipped across its borough, including a dead dog in a box, sex toys and £85,000 in cash.
Southwark Council has revealed that it removes on average 220 tonnes of illegally dumped rubbish every month.
And the local authority is bracing itself for a deluge of Christmas trees that are traditionally discarded on pavements and public footbaths after the festive season - despite the council offering a free Xmas tree removal service.
Over the years, the council's fly-tipping team has discovered a live goldfish in a bowl in Dulwich and approximately 50 dildos and handcuffs dumped in bags in Bermondsey.
The team also once came across marijuana cuttings, buds, seeds, lighting equipment and extractor fans - a whole drug-making apparatus.
Councillor Barrie Hargrove, cabinet member for transport, environment and recycling, said: “If you are getting rid of waste at the end of the Christmas period, then please do so safely, sensibly and legally as most of our residents do. Southwark has a proactive approach to collecting fly-tipping because we know it is unsightly and can pose a danger to local people. Not only is fly-tipping illegal but it is also costs responsible taxpayers money. By making use of the bulky waste service as well as reporting fly-tipping perpetrators, residents can help to prevent this blight, and keep Southwark clean."