ALMOST 6,000 fly-tipping incidents were reported in South Tyneside last year, it has been revealed.
The latest figures show that the vast majority of the 5,738 incidents occurred in borough back alleys (4,432), with 915 on council-owned land.
But the figures show an improvement on 2011/12.
Over that period there were 6,157 incidents, with 5,515 in back alleys and 454 on council land, according to figures published by Defra.
Seven fixed penalty notices were issued over fly-tipping in the borough last year – compared to 12 in 2012/13.
Meanwhile, it has been revealed that the council spends about £2.5m a year keeping the borough clean, tackling litter, graffiti and abandoned waste.
Coun Tracey Dixon, the council’s lead member for area management and community safety, said: “Fly-tipping is a criminal offence.
“It can have an extremely negative impact on people’s perceptions of the area affected.
“It is unsightly, costly to clean up and can be hazardous to the public and wildlife, and even more dangerous when it becomes a target for arsonists.
“We will continue our efforts to make the borough a cleaner, greener and safer place to live and actively appeal for people to help us tackle this issue by reporting any incidents they come across and, if they can, take details of any vehicles and the people involved.”
Anyone with information about fly-tipping in the borough can call the council’s contact centre on 427 7000 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org