Croydon Council is appealing for information after two men were caught on camera dumping a refrigerator on a South Norwood street.
CCTV operated by council enforcement officers recorded a Mercedes estate car pulling up to the junction of Sunny Bank and Manor Road around 12.30am on 1 August. Two men then carried the four-foot fridge from the car to a fence by a neighbouring house before leaving.
The council is appealing for witnesses to come forward, including a pedestrian who walked past the men as they carried the fridge, as well as the drivers of an orange hatchback and a white van who also passed by.
Convicted fly-tippers can face a maximum £50,000 fine and a year in prison. Using the council’s bulky waste collection service costs no more than £40 for fridge-sized goods.
The appeal comes as part of the council’s Don’t Mess With Croydon – Take Pride campaign, which has already prosecuted more than 25 people for fly-tipping, dog fouling, littering and spitting, including one man jailed for six months in May for fly-tipping 42 tonnes of waste. More than 230 local people have also signed up to be community champions leading extra clear-ups across the borough.
“This is a classic example of fly-tipping blighting local streets, which is why we’ll keep clamping down on it.
“And if you’re thinking of paying someone else to get rid of your unwanted furniture or fridges, make sure they have a proper waste licence.”
Councillor Stuart Collins, deputy leader – Clean Green Croydon
You can report dumped waste via the council’s dedicated fly-tipping hotline on 0208 604 7000, the council’s My Croydon smartphone app or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, visit www.croydon.gov.uk/environment/dontmess/dont-mess