Council officers are appealing for help to tackle flytipping after five loads of waste were dumped in South Shields.
South Tyneside Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team is calling for help to trace those responsible for the piles that were left in Hobson’s Way during the last week.
The load consisted mainly of green waste and fencing but also included household rubbish. Early investigations suggest the waste was transported from the County Durham area.
The Council is also experiencing ongoing problems with fly-tipping at one of the council’s allotment sites.
Large amounts of tyres have been dumped in one of the plots at Holder House Allotments in Holder House Way, South Shields. On another occasions, items such as DIY and building materials, furniture and general waste were abandoned at the site.
Councillor Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety, said: “It is disgraceful that some people think they can use our streets and open spaces as a dumping ground for their rubbish.
There is absolutely no reason why anyone should act in such an irresponsible manner and risk a fine in doing so.Councillor Tracey Dixon
“Abandoning waste is not only a criminal offence, it is very expensive to clean up, unsightly and can be harmful to the public and wildlife – even more so if targeted by arsonists.
“We take this issue very seriously and will prosecute those responsible wherever possible. But we do need help from the public.
“We believe that the culprits must have used a large vehicle in these cases and would urge anyone who has seen this type of waste on the back of a tipper or has any information about those responsible to get in touch.
“We would also encourage anyone who witnesses this type of illegal activity taking place anywhere in the Borough to take down details of any vehicles and the people involved and report them to us. By working together we can help to tackle this problem.”
How to get rid of waste correctly
South Tyneside Council is reminding people of the many ways they can dispose of their waste legally, safely and responsibly.
A wide variety of rubbish can be taken to South Tyneside’s Recycling Village at Middlefields Industrial Estate in South Shields.
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 the disposal, traders can show that their waste has been handled correctly.
Larger items such as fridge freezers, vacuum cleaners, TVs or microwaves can also be taken to the Recycling Village, which is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9am to 6pm
Residents need a Household Waste Permit if they want to dispose of their household rubbish at the Recycling Village using a van, trailer or pick up. This is to make sure that businesses and trades people do not use the Recycling Village for disposing of commercial or hazardous waste. Permits are free and available to print off at www.southtyneside.info/wastepermits or obtain from the Council’s Customer Contact Centre. Call (0191) 427 7000 to receive one in the post.
Residents can also call the Customer Contact Centre to book a bulky waste collection (fees apply). They are ideal for items like furniture, white goods or large electrical appliances that are too big or heavy to be put in the bin. The Council also offers a DIY waste removal service from as little as £39 and this can be booked by calling (0191) 427 7000.
Coun Dixon added: “We would always encourage people to dispose of their rubbish legally, safely and responsibly. With so many ways to dispose of waste and a Recycling Village where a variety of materials can be taken, there is absolutely no reason why anyone should act in such an irresponsible manner and risk a fine in doing so.”
Anyone with information regarding the latest flytipping incidents can call the Council’s Customer Contact Centre on (0191) 427 7000.
Further information about waste and recycling is available at South Tyneside Council’s website at www.southtyneside.info/wasteandrecycling