The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs has announced extra funding for waste operations and environmental enforcement in the borough in his budget proposals for 2022-23.  £2.1m will be used to provide a range of additional resources to tackle waste in the borough, including enhanced night time cleansing, out of hours enforcement to tackle fly-tipping and a number of new litter bins.

The funding boost will mean an additional recycling round, more staff and vehicles to collect waste and recycling, more staff to target fly-tippers and graffiti, 200 new bins, new guidance to encourage more recycling, as well as supporting waste and recycling services to deal with growing levels of waste as the borough’s population grows.

On top of this, an additional £4.5m has also been agreed to provide electric waste vehicles.

The Mayor’s Covid Recovery Fund has already set aside over £250,000 for a focussed approach to addressing the pandemic build-up of litter, fly-tipping, graffiti and grime in our high streets and town centres, through the Mayor’s High Street Clean Ups initiative.

The Budget was passed at Full Council on Wednesday 2nd March 2021, and the proposals can be viewed here.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs said:

“Keeping our streets clean is a top priority for us in Tower Hamlets and we are already working hard to target litter and grime across the borough.

“This extra funding will provide a boost to recycling rounds and tackling fly tipping as part of our efforts to make Tower Hamlets a cleaner, safer and fairer borough.”

Councillor Asma Islam, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning said:

“These proposals will invest in key measures to tackle waste management, including extra enforcement officers to stop fly-tipping and graffiti and additional night-time cleansing so all residents can live in a borough they are proud of.”

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