As council chiefs use tougher powers to crack down on fly-tippers help is needed to trace the culprits who have trashed a beauty spot.
New legislation came into force earlier this year which allows councils to issue an on-the-spot penalty of between £150 and £400 to people caught low level fly-tipping.
However, a large amount of waste including flammable liquids was illegally dumped at Boldon Nature Reserve on Sunday and waste also containing flammable materials was discovered at Boldon allotments on Monday by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.
Both sites have now been cleared, but South Tyneside Council is keen to encourage anyone who saw either of these incidents of fly-tipping to come forward.
Lead member for area management and community safety, Coun Moira Smith, said: “It is disgraceful that a tiny minority of people can blight our communities in this way.
“The fact that this waste contained flammable items and was dumped so close to livestock at the allotments and a nearby factory displays a level of ignorance and irresponsibility that is difficult to fathom.
“Whoever dumped this waste has shown a flagrant disregard for the law, the local community and the people directly affected by their reckless behaviour.
"We are determined to bring the culprits of fly-tipping to justice but we do need the help of the public. Given the scale of waste dumped on these two occasions, we would urge people to get in touch with the Council if they saw a large vehicle carrying this type of waste in the area”
South Tyneside Council has already used the new powers on two occasions. The first was to a man who visited the recycling village after hours and, instead of taking his rubbish home, deposited a mattress and cardboard packaging in a nearby skip belonging to a business at Middlefields.
The second case involved a man leaving a sofa near the bin storage cupboard at Westmorland Court in Hebburn.
Coun Smith said: “There is simply no excuse for dumping waste illegally. The actions of a small number of individuals blight the Borough and can make life a misery for those living close to fly-tipping ‘hot-spots.’
“We are committed to using every tool at our disposal to keep the Borough looking at its best and will continue to crack down on the small minority of residents who spoil the beauty of our neighbourhoods.”
A variety of waste can be recycled at the Recycling Village at Middlefields Industrial Estate in South Shields which is open from 9am until 6pm and a site is also available at Middlefields where businesses and builders can take their waste through a licensed waste management site.
For further information about the many ways waste can be safely responsibly disposed of in South Tyneside visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling or call the Council's Customer Contact Centre on (0191) 427 7000.
To report fly-tipping or other environmental problems, call the council's customer contact centre on (0191) 427 7000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org