The night rider – keeping filth off your street while you sleep

​​​​​​​Welcome to the world of our night time fly-tip crew - on a quest to keep your streets free of filth. The two man team work in the dark clearing up after criminals blighting the borough.

They are Harrow’s very own ‘Night Riders’ – who work through the night and into the very early hours of the morning, five days a week, removing filthy fly-tips off your streets.

While the borough falls asleep, the Night Riders get ready for their shift to clear illegally dumped waste reported to the council. Between 80 to 100 fly-tips reported to the council each day - they get anything from fridges, sofas and chairs to building material, and unwanted clothes dumped and strewn on the streets.

Cllr Graham Henson, cabinet member for environment said:

“Residents are sick of the disgusting fly-tipping happening in our borough we are doing something about this to make Harrow clean. We’re not just clearing fly-tips during the day, but we have a special team out throughout the night and into the early hours. It’s our night riders who make sure streets are looking spotless before residents wake up in the morning.”

The list of reported fly-tips is sent to the Night Riders and it’s all systems go from there on. On average they get around 50 reports a night to clear covering the entire borough. And they don’t stop there, - they keep their eyes peeled for any fly-tips not on the list no matter how big or small they are. They even stop those caught in criminal act of fly-tipping.

And the service hasn’t gone unnoticed by some of our eagled eyed residents who stay up some nights. Cllr Henson says: “It’s great to see how much they appreciate this service - they come out of their homes or shout out their windows to say thanks to the crew in the middle of night. It’s not an easy job, but our night riders do it with dedication and our residents love to see their streets clean and filth free.”

While many residents do the right thing by disposing waste properly, and also reporting fly-tips to us, there are unfortunately irresponsible people who dump waste wherever they feel like. In the end it’s the taxpayer that foots the bill. In the last year it costs the council £438,976 to clear up fly-tips. If you see it report it and we’ll find and fine the criminals blighting your borough.

Watch the Night Rider in action.