LAGER Can Smashes Its Record at Acton Fly-tip

11-tonnes of waste removed by local environmental volunteer group

A giant bear was found among the discarded rubbish in North Acton
A giant bear was found among the discarded rubbish in North Acton

Ealing's volunteer litter squad, LAGER Can, is celebrating its biggest ever rubbish haul after a huge operation to clear 11 tonnes of fly-tipped waste in North Acton.

The team cleared piles of historic refuse from alleyways off Canada Crescent. It found builders' rubbish, planks, doors, tables, mattresses, televisions and a giant teddy bear.

Much of the fly-tipping was on a plot of waste ground between Canada Crescent and the A40.

Working with colleagues from humanitarian group Green S Welfare, 10 LAGER Canners spent over three hours hauling the junk 40 metres to the road where it was stacked for collection by a fleet of council trucks.

LAGER Can's Cathy Swift said, "I've never seen this much fly-tipping in one area. I was appalled. But we love a challenge. The most rubbish we’ve collected in a single visit to any other site was about 300 sacks. This was the equivalent of 1,400 sacks. And incredibly, there's even more to collect."

An 11-strong crew from Ealing Council's waste contractor Greener Ealing was quickly at the scene to deal with the mountains of rubbish stacked along Canada Crescent. Eight cage trucks were filled plus a bin lorry.

LagerCAN volunteers during the clean up
LagerCAN volunteers during the clean up

She added, "We couldn't have achieved all this without the help of our partners-in-grime, the wonderful Green S Welfare UK. Greener Ealing came out in force to collect the rubbish almost as soon as we’d piled it up, and swept up afterwards. It was a wonderful example of Ealing Council and community groups working together to solve a seemingly intractable problem."

Greener Ealing waste supervisor Jay Woisicki put the total haul at 11 tonnes. "We are extremely pleased that our effort has been recognised and appreciated," he said.

Some of the waste collected by the volunteers
Some of the waste collected by the volunteers

The North Acton operation came as Ealing Council announced a new crackdown on fly-tipping, using CCTV cameras.

After growing rapidly during the first COVID lockdown, LAGER Can has 2,000 members. In 2021 volunteers cleared 270 tonnes of rubbish from streets and open spaces across Ealing borough. The group's efforts were recognised with a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

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March 16, 2022