Fly tippers using cover of darkness

Waste dumped in a layby near North Cave earlier this year.
Waste dumped in a layby near North Cave earlier this year.

Thoughtless fly tippers, who are taking advantage of the dark nights to dump waste in our region, are being targeted by council enforcement officers.

In the past six months there have been 277 instances of fly tipping and hotspots include Holme-on-Spalding Moor, South Cave and Barmby Moor.

The council are regularly inspecting such hotspots but are asking the public to stay vigilant and report any suspicious activity as well.

Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning, said: “Fly tippers know that what they are doing is illegal and totally unacceptable so they scurry around in the darkness.

“We will not tolerate this activity as it causes a nuisance and is a drain on the council taxpayers’ purse. Fly tippers should be warned that we will take them to court and that is not an empty threat. We have several cases currently being prepared for prosecution in the local courts.

“Fly tipping is not something the council can tackle alone. We need the eyes and ears of residents and appeal for them to call us if they see anything suspicious, such as vans with the back doors open on lanes or quiet roads.”

Those who report suspicious incidents to the council are assured that their information is treated in the strictest confidence.

To report any suspicious call the council’s customer service number on 01482 393939,

Householders, too, have a duty of care to make sure their waste is taken away by a registered waste carrier.

If it is found that their waste has been illegally dumped, they could be fined in court for failing to ensure their waste was properly dealt with.