Sandwell’s Environment Response Team cleans up

Released September 21, 2022

After a successful pilot, Sandwell Council has announced that it will continue its Environment Response Team to address significant hot spots of fly tipping and overgrowth.

The pilot, which ran from January to August 2022, demonstrated that a multi-team approach was able to resolve long-standing, significant issues across multiple locations that a team like Street would not have resolved to an acceptable standard can be cleaning.

For example, at one site, fly tipping had become embedded in the overgrowth and the site had become a health hazard as the overgrowth made much of an alleyway and surrounding pathways inaccessible to the elderly and those with disabilities. Without clearance, fly dumping would also likely have worsened, as more people would have contaminated an already heavily polluted area.

Locations in all six cities were tackled. The locations treated in the pilot project were decided on the basis of three criteria:
• The site has significant waste and overgrowth that cannot be quickly or easily addressed by ‘business-as-usual’ services.
• The website is publicly visible and/or used by the community.
• The site has environmental, health, accessibility and/or safety issues due to waste and overgrowth.

Large amounts of waste were removed during the pilot, including:

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• 233 general garbage truckloads
• 521 truckloads of green waste
• 184 truckloads of wood chip waste (which was reused in parks and bush beds.)
• The feedback from residents and members was very positive.
• Several residents expressed their satisfaction with the pilot project.
• Businesses benefited from cleaner areas and safer access to their businesses.

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Councilor Zahoor Ahmed, Sandwell Council Cabinet Member for Environmental Services said:
“We all want to live and work in a clean and safe Sandwell. The pilot project showed how efficient and successful this collaborative approach with multiple teams can be. This approach can allow communities to regain pride in their own neighborhoods and work with the council to continue caring for the improved areas.”

Sandwell Environmental Officers will continue to issue £100 littering fines and £400 fly-tipping fines during this pilot.

Fly-tipping can be dangerous, polluting land and waterways and costing taxpayers significant amounts of money to clean up.

If you wish to report a fly dump which you believe may pose a hazard to the public e.g. if there is a road blocked or chemicals being dumped please call us immediately on 0121 368 1177. Our opening times are Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. If it is not dangerous, please report it here

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