Flytipping costs us thousands

More than £30,000 of tax payers’ cash was spent on clearing up flytipping across the borough last year, a recent survey revealed.

Broxtowe Borough Council spent £32,384 clearing up unwanted items dumped on the streets, according to the firm Anyjunk – the UK’s largest pirvate bulk waste clearance company.

The report showed there were 457 incidents between March 2011 and March 2012 – a one per cent decrease on the previous year when there was 460 incidents.

The council took enforcement action against 654 people, but there was only one successful prosecution, the report shows.

Cabinet member for Environment at Broxtowe Borough Council, Cllr Stan Heptinstall, said: “We are committed to improving the appearance of the borough by proactively tackling the issue of flytipping, which is illegal, dangerous and ultimately costs the taxpayer to clear up.

“The council takes the issue very seriously, carrying out regular patrols of known problem areas, and will prosecute anyone caught flytipping, who could face up to two years in prison and an unlimited fine.”

The council encourages residents to report incidents and note the date, time and place where it happened, what the waste looks like and how much there is, a description of any vehicles involved, including vehicle registrations, and a description of the offender.

Neighbouring Erewash Borough Council spent £10,0000 dealing with fly tipping and saw 238 incidents across the borough.

This figure was up 11 per ent on the previous year.

Nationally councils spend £33m a year on flytipping.