More than £1million of council taxpayers’ money has been spent over the last three years clearing up fly-tipping across the region, the Pocklington Post can reveal.
The number of fly-tipping incidents across the county has risen by about 11% over the last few years.
From 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014 there were 2,817 fly-tipping incidents in East Yorkshire, which cost about £350,000 to clear up. From 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015, there were 2,903 instances of fly-tipping, which the council says cost about £340,000 to clean-up. The number of incidents reported from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 increased to 3,126, and it cost about £350,000 of taxpayers’ money to remove the rubbish.
Recently there has been a sharp increase in the illegal dumping of building waste in the local area, as reported in the Post on 28 April. Fly-tippers are being hunted after a spate of incidents in the North and South Newbald and South Cave areas.
A spokesperson for East Riding Council said: “All reports of fly-tipping are rigorously investigated by the council and prosecution is pursued wherever possible. Anyone found guilty of fly-tipping could face a fine of up to £50,000 and even imprisonment.
“Householders are continually reminded that they must get rid of their waste properly and that they have a legal Duty of Care to do so. For items too big or numerous to go into their bin they should, either take the waste to their local household waste recycling site, use the councils bulky waste collection service or hire a licensed waste carrier to take away their rubbish.
“It is vital that householders understand that, to operate legally, firms that remove waste have to be registered with the Environment Agency as licensed waste carriers. If fly-tipped items can be traced back to their owner, they could face a fine of up to £5,000.”
According to East Riding Council, Stoneknowle Hill near North Newbald is a fly-tipping hotspot, with six reported incidents received in the year 2015/16.
People are asked not to touch any fly-tipped waste or approach anyone they see fly-tipping.
Residents can report any fly-tipping or suspicious activity to the council on 01482 393939, or online at the council’s website www.eastriding.gov.uk, search for ‘fly-tipping’.