Fines have been issued and two cars seized by council enforcement officers targeting fly-tippers across Bexley in a borough-wide crackdown.

Bexley Council recently launched a joint operation with Sidcup, Longlands, St Mary’s & St James and Blendon & Penhill Safer Neighbourhood Teams targeting those who illegally carry or dump waste for cash.

The borough-wide operation aimed to catch the fly tippers by reviewing waste carriers licensing and documentation and reminding them of their responsibilities.

And the council has already caught some culprits, with two vehicles being seized by council officers.

The vehicles were stopped and found to not have waste carrier licenses, leading to the seizures.

The crackdown also several Fixed Penalty Notices being issued when contractors were unable to present the correct documentation for the waste they were carrying, Bexley Council said.

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Cllr Peter Craske, Bexley's cabinet member for places stressed in a statement that the council has "zero-tolerance of fly-tipping and littering."

"We take fly-tipping very seriously and will take swift action when it is needed. I am pleased that these people acting illegally are no longer operating.

"I’d urge local people to make sure they only use reputable businesses to remove rubbish, otherwise they could be fined £400 for not ensuring that their waste is disposed of properly."

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The London borough has also been carrying out further joint activity clamping down on fly-tipping in recent weeks with the London Fire Brigade.

This involved removing several suspected abandoned or damaged vehicles and collecting fly-tipped waste.

Residents were also reminded about their responsibility to ensure that their waste and recycling is disposed of properly. The Fire Brigade also advised them about fire safety.

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It was reported in May that fly-tipping had increased by 300% in rural communities during the first UK lockdown, which will worry council officers ahead of lockdown 2.0.

And previous reports have also shown that the extent of fly-tipping in south east London has stretched many to breaking point, including the Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice.

If you see waste which has been fly-tipped or witness someone in the act of fly-tipping, please email