I’m glad they seem to be taking this seriously. But surely the best solution would be actually making waste removal in the borough easier? My relatives live in Southwark, and their dump is an entirely different set-up to the one in Lewisham. You can take just about anything to the cavernous purpose-built waste disposal building and deposit it for free, to be recycled. The Lewisham dump, on the other hand, is a joke. There are so many rules about what you can and can’t take (e.g. they don’t take any building/ DIY waste) and the people who work there treat you like a criminal for trying to responsibly get rid of your waste. The contrast couldn’t be more stark.
It’s the same with Christmas trees - we are one of only a handful of boroughs in London that charge people to arrange a Christmas-tree collection, or expect them to dump it at a pick-up point (really not particularly helpful when you don’t have a car). Lots of other boroughs do a collection for free.
So while I’m all for cracking down on fly tippers, criminalising the problem without actually fixing the upstream causes seems like a window-dressing policy that won’t actually change much.
Sorry for the rant… but we need more systematic changes from the council on this!