'There is no excuse' - shocking photos show piles of rubbish dumped along popular South Shields walking route
Piles of empty drink bottles and bin bags full of rubbish have been dumped along a popular South Shields walking route.
Photos taken by a walker show the shocking amount of rubbish that has been discarded on the area known locally as the Chuter Ede fields, close to Orwell Close and Boldon Lane.
Dozens of bottles and bags could be seen along the pathway and among the trees in the area on Monday, March 15.
The rubbish was reported to South Tyneside Council by a walker the same day who described the scene as ‘total filth.’
Councillor Ernest Gibson, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety, has called the situation ‘disgraceful’ and said there was ‘no excuse’ for people to leave rubbish.
“South Tyneside Council works extremely hard to keep the borough clean and tidy,” Coun Gibson said.
“It is disgraceful that some people think they can dump their rubbish. Flytipping is unsightly, hazardous to the environment and wildlife, costly to clean up, not to mention it is a criminal offence.
“It doesn’t matter if it is one black bin bag or large quantities of waste, we remain committed to tackling this form of environmental crime and anti-social behaviour and will always pursue offenders wherever we can.
“We have recycling and disposal skips at the Recycling Village where a wide variety of rubbish can be taken and disposed of legally, safely and responsibly.
"We also operate waste collection schemes. So there really is no excuse for anyone to act so irresponsibly and risk breaking the law in the process.”
The Recycling Village at Middlefields Industrial Estate is open every day (except Christmas Day) for the safe and legal disposal of a wide variety of items and materials.
The council also operates a Bulky Waste Collection service for larger household items as well as a chargeable service for the removal of items including DIY dismantled sheds, garden furniture.
Anyone who witnesses flytipping is urged to report incidents to the council and provide as much information as possible.
Where a vehicle is used, a description of the vehicle and any registration details are particularly useful.
To report a flytipping incident, call the council on: 0191 427 7000. Calls will be treated in the strictest confidence.