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Fly tipping and pollution

Walsall Council tackles fly-tipping with successful multi-action day on Stafford Street

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Walsall Council took part in a successful multi-agency exercise to tackle fly-tipping activities on Stafford Street in Walsall.  

Stafford Street fly tipping photos
Before and after photos of rubbish at the junction of Stafford Street

Following concerns about fly-tipping in the area, the council deployed its community protection, environmental health, Trading standards, Clean and Green and Walsall Connected teams on Wednesday 21 February 2024 alongside West Midlands Police.  

Council officers visited each residential home and shops and listened to their concerns about the fly-tipping problems on Stafford Street. The area is plagued with fly-tipped waste such as tyres, fridges, and dirty clothes. 

“ The state of Stafford Street was horrendous. Residents shouldn't have to be exposed to such levels of rubbish. It's not only unfair but also poses a safety risk.

The Council spends over £500,000 each year clearing fly-tipping. This is money that could be used to support our most vulnerable residents or invest in Walsall's development. Landlords have a responsibility to ensure their properties are properly maintained and we are urging landlords to work with their tenants to ensure they understand their responsibilities when it comes to waste disposal.

I commend the teams for their swift and effective action in cleaning the street. We also appreciate any information that residents can share about fly-tipping, as this will enable us to take prompt action in the future. “

Councillor Kerry Murphy, Portfolio Holder for Street Pride
Walsall Council

During the multi action day, officers established some crime scenes by gathering evidence and clearing rubbish, leaving the area both cleaner and safer. The day also involved engaging with businesses to educate them on proper waste disposal methods and setting up "environmental crime scenes" to emphasise the seriousness of fly-tipping. 

Residents can report fly-tipping quickly and easily on the council website or by calling 01922 653355. 


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