More than 200 tonnes of waste - including asbestos, thousands of tyres, drums of contaminated cooking oil and a dead donkey - has been dumped on Epping Forest land this year.

More than 200 tonnes of waste dumped on Epping Forest land this year

More than 200 tonnes of waste dumped on Epping Forest land this year

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

More than 200 tonnes of waste - including asbestos, thousands of tyres, drums of contaminated cooking oil and a dead donkey - has been dumped on Epping Forest land this year.

Last week staff from the City of London Corporation removed a demolished kitchen from Wanstead Flats, the latest of 652 reported incidents of flytipping in the forest this year.

The man tasked with managing the problem is the City of London Corporation’s Superintendent, Paul Thomson.

He said: “It costs us £250,000 a year to employ a team of nine people to deal with the problem and we have already spent £50,000 removing waste this year.

“Incidents of flytipping are actually down by 17percent, but it is still a dreadful number of incidents we are dealing with.”

Last year only two of 782 cases of flytipping on forest land were successfully prosecuted.

Mr Thomson said: “We have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the person has dumped the waste and that can be very difficult unless they have left incriminating evidence like an invoice.

“Even if we do catch up with people, some of them claim their rubbish has been stolen or that they can’t remember who they employed to get rid of it. It is very frustrating.”

While Mr Thomson said the majority of serious flytipping took place in the north of the forest under the cover of darkness, he said that incidents like the one on Wanstead Flats were not uncommon.

And he called on the police to do more to tackle the problem by checking for Waste Transfer Licences.

“A lot of organised crime has moved into commercial dumping because they know very few people go to jail for it and it is perceived as a victimless crime,” he said.

“While I am not blaming the police, we do think more needs to be done in terms of stopping people and spot checks.

“There are 52 car parks and roads criss-crossing the forest which gives people a lot of places to dump their waste.

“It is very difficult for us to keep track of the problem.”

Anyone with information regarding suspicious vehicles and flytipping activity on Forest Land should call 020 8532 1010 or email epping.forest@cityoflondon.gov.uk

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5:12pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

I am not surprised at the farce one faces down the average tip.

Red tape, queues and the Spanish Inquisition when you get to the front.

A lot of people think of the aggravation and just dump it anywhere they can get away with it.
I am not surprised at the farce one faces down the average tip. Red tape, queues and the Spanish Inquisition when you get to the front. A lot of people think of the aggravation and just dump it anywhere they can get away with it. Cornbeefur
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7:16pm Mon 12 Nov 12

NDevoto says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
I am not surprised at the farce one faces down the average tip.

Red tape, queues and the Spanish Inquisition when you get to the front.

A lot of people think of the aggravation and just dump it anywhere they can get away with it.
If you have evidence of flytipping by individuals then take it to the police.
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: I am not surprised at the farce one faces down the average tip. Red tape, queues and the Spanish Inquisition when you get to the front. A lot of people think of the aggravation and just dump it anywhere they can get away with it.[/p][/quote]If you have evidence of flytipping by individuals then take it to the police. NDevoto
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10:37pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

NDevoto wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
I am not surprised at the farce one faces down the average tip.

Red tape, queues and the Spanish Inquisition when you get to the front.

A lot of people think of the aggravation and just dump it anywhere they can get away with it.
If you have evidence of flytipping by individuals then take it to the police.
Only evidence is the rubbish sadly. Police hardly interested.
[quote][p][bold]NDevoto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: I am not surprised at the farce one faces down the average tip. Red tape, queues and the Spanish Inquisition when you get to the front. A lot of people think of the aggravation and just dump it anywhere they can get away with it.[/p][/quote]If you have evidence of flytipping by individuals then take it to the police.[/p][/quote]Only evidence is the rubbish sadly. Police hardly interested. Cornbeefur
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10:40pm Mon 12 Nov 12

NDevoto says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
NDevoto wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
I am not surprised at the farce one faces down the average tip.

Red tape, queues and the Spanish Inquisition when you get to the front.

A lot of people think of the aggravation and just dump it anywhere they can get away with it.
If you have evidence of flytipping by individuals then take it to the police.
Only evidence is the rubbish sadly. Police hardly interested.
So you have no evidence for your allegation that "a lot of people" ie ordinary residents are turning away from officlal dumps to fly tipping?
What a surprise. The rubbish doesn't talk but you still talk rubbish.
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NDevoto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: I am not surprised at the farce one faces down the average tip. Red tape, queues and the Spanish Inquisition when you get to the front. A lot of people think of the aggravation and just dump it anywhere they can get away with it.[/p][/quote]If you have evidence of flytipping by individuals then take it to the police.[/p][/quote]Only evidence is the rubbish sadly. Police hardly interested.[/p][/quote]So you have no evidence for your allegation that "a lot of people" ie ordinary residents are turning away from officlal dumps to fly tipping? What a surprise. The rubbish doesn't talk but you still talk rubbish. NDevoto
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10:46pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

NDevoto wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
NDevoto wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
I am not surprised at the farce one faces down the average tip.

Red tape, queues and the Spanish Inquisition when you get to the front.

A lot of people think of the aggravation and just dump it anywhere they can get away with it.
If you have evidence of flytipping by individuals then take it to the police.
Only evidence is the rubbish sadly. Police hardly interested.
So you have no evidence for your allegation that "a lot of people" ie ordinary residents are turning away from officlal dumps to fly tipping?
What a surprise. The rubbish doesn't talk but you still talk rubbish.
Yes I have, have a walk around the Forest, rubbish dumped everywhere. have a walk around the Streets of Waltham Forest especially around the Bakers Arms, mattresses, sofas, washing machines, discarded oil containers, tyres.

Thing is, alot of people in Waltham forest walk around wearing Cranberry Tinted Spectacles, ignoring what a tip it has become generally and think how wonderful it all is.

These items do not fall from the sky.

Then again, maybe you imagine they do.
[quote][p][bold]NDevoto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NDevoto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: I am not surprised at the farce one faces down the average tip. Red tape, queues and the Spanish Inquisition when you get to the front. A lot of people think of the aggravation and just dump it anywhere they can get away with it.[/p][/quote]If you have evidence of flytipping by individuals then take it to the police.[/p][/quote]Only evidence is the rubbish sadly. Police hardly interested.[/p][/quote]So you have no evidence for your allegation that "a lot of people" ie ordinary residents are turning away from officlal dumps to fly tipping? What a surprise. The rubbish doesn't talk but you still talk rubbish.[/p][/quote]Yes I have, have a walk around the Forest, rubbish dumped everywhere. have a walk around the Streets of Waltham Forest especially around the Bakers Arms, mattresses, sofas, washing machines, discarded oil containers, tyres. Thing is, alot of people in Waltham forest walk around wearing Cranberry Tinted Spectacles, ignoring what a tip it has become generally and think how wonderful it all is. These items do not fall from the sky. Then again, maybe you imagine they do. Cornbeefur
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11:04pm Mon 12 Nov 12

NDevoto says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
NDevoto wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
NDevoto wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
I am not surprised at the farce one faces down the average tip.

Red tape, queues and the Spanish Inquisition when you get to the front.

A lot of people think of the aggravation and just dump it anywhere they can get away with it.
If you have evidence of flytipping by individuals then take it to the police.
Only evidence is the rubbish sadly. Police hardly interested.
So you have no evidence for your allegation that "a lot of people" ie ordinary residents are turning away from officlal dumps to fly tipping?
What a surprise. The rubbish doesn't talk but you still talk rubbish.
Yes I have, have a walk around the Forest, rubbish dumped everywhere. have a walk around the Streets of Waltham Forest especially around the Bakers Arms, mattresses, sofas, washing machines, discarded oil containers, tyres.

Thing is, alot of people in Waltham forest walk around wearing Cranberry Tinted Spectacles, ignoring what a tip it has become generally and think how wonderful it all is.

These items do not fall from the sky.

Then again, maybe you imagine they do.
"Cranberry Tinted Spectacles" - Check
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NDevoto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NDevoto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: I am not surprised at the farce one faces down the average tip. Red tape, queues and the Spanish Inquisition when you get to the front. A lot of people think of the aggravation and just dump it anywhere they can get away with it.[/p][/quote]If you have evidence of flytipping by individuals then take it to the police.[/p][/quote]Only evidence is the rubbish sadly. Police hardly interested.[/p][/quote]So you have no evidence for your allegation that "a lot of people" ie ordinary residents are turning away from officlal dumps to fly tipping? What a surprise. The rubbish doesn't talk but you still talk rubbish.[/p][/quote]Yes I have, have a walk around the Forest, rubbish dumped everywhere. have a walk around the Streets of Waltham Forest especially around the Bakers Arms, mattresses, sofas, washing machines, discarded oil containers, tyres. Thing is, alot of people in Waltham forest walk around wearing Cranberry Tinted Spectacles, ignoring what a tip it has become generally and think how wonderful it all is. These items do not fall from the sky. Then again, maybe you imagine they do.[/p][/quote]"Cranberry Tinted Spectacles" - Check NDevoto
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