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We all have an important role to play when it comes to tackling fly-tipping. Find out about your responsibilities as a resident and the services we offer to help reduce fly-tipping.
You can also report issues such as abandoned vehicles, graffiti, dog fouling, and road and pavement problems through the Love Clean Streets website or app.
Getting rid of unwanted items
If you need to get rid of unwanted household items, such as old furniture, make sure you do so legally. It is illegal to leave unwanted items or rubbish on the street or in other public places. You will face an on-the-spot £400 fine and risk further enforcement action.
There are a number of options available to residents to get rid of unwanted items.
- Arrange a large items collection from the Council.
- Book a free mattress collection.
- Donate your old furniture to a local charity shop.
- Find a new home for your furniture online through websites such as Gumtree or Freecycle.
Reporting suspected fly-tippers
If you have information about somebody responsible for fly-tipping, you can let us know and help us take action against those illegally dumping rubbish. All information will be treated in strictest confidence.
Disposing of your household waste
Make sure that all your waste and recycling is placed securely in the correct bin for collection. Do not leave waste or recycling next to or on top of your bin - this can result in rubbish being blown away and littering the neighbourhood. This is classed as fly-tipping and may result in enforcement action.
If you take items to a recycling bank and find it is full, you should take the items to an alternative recycling back or take them home with you. Do not leave items next to the recycling bank if full - this is classed as a fly-tipping and may result in enforcement action.
Private waste collectors
If you are using a private waste collector to dispose of your household waste, it is your responsibility to check they have a license. If you dispose of your rubbish using an unlicensed waste collector, you may face enforcement action, including a fine.
You can check that any waste carrier you use is registered by using the Environment Agency’s online search facility.
Join a community litter pick
Local residents, businesses and community groups can get involved with our community litter picks to help keep Lewisham clean and tidy. Over 200 people came along to our litter picks last year and we want to get as many people involved as possible this year.
Signing up to the Cleaner Lewisham pledge
Working together, we want to create a Cleaner Lewisham. We have created a pledge that businesses and community groups can sign up to. Businesses and community groups can decide their own pledges to help keep the borough tidy and we will work together to support the work that you are doing. To find out more, or to pledge, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note this email address should not be used to report fly-tipping or other street cleaning issues.These should be reported through the Love Clean Streets website or app.
Litter Picking - Do's and Don't's