LITTER louts are ruining their own neighbourhoods in South Tyneside by fly-tipping, councillors warned today.
South Tyneside Council is appealing to residents to keep their back lanes tidy after large amounts of waste was illegally dumped in Hebburn.
Aln Street in the town was recently the scene of a mass clean-up after fly-tipping incidents.
But the problem has returned, and councillors have warned tenants that they face fines if they dump rubbish.
Coun Richard Porthouse, chairman of Hebburn community area forum and a Hebburn North ward member, said: “It is disgraceful people think they can use our streets as a dumping ground for their rubbish.
“Any activity that harms the environment is unwelcome in this borough, as it not only has a detrimental effect on the environment, but poses a hazard to children and nearby residents.
“Incidents like this are a drain on our resources, as they are costly to clean up.”
The latest rubbish dumped in a Hebburn back lane included a child’s pushchair, a table, satellite dish and an inflatable pool, all of which could have been taken to the council’s Recycling Village at Middlefields Industrial Estate, Tyne Dock, South Shields.
Coun Porthouse added: “We would like to remind residents that we have facilities at our Recycling Village, where a variety of rubbish can be taken for recycling or disposal free of charge, so there is absolutely no reason why anyone should act in such an irresponsible manner, and risk a fine in doing so.
“A site is also available at Middlefields where businesses and builders can take their waste through a licensed waste management site. Although there is a charge for disposal, the organisations can show that waste has been handled correctly.”
To report environmental problems, such as litter, vandalism, dog fouling and fly-tipping, call the council on 427 7000.
All calls are treated in the strictest confidence.