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Statement following recent flytipping incident

Published: Thursday, 16th July 2020

Statement from Councillor Carl Edwards, cabinet member for environment.

“It’s shocking and totally unacceptable that people think it’s perfectly fine to dump rubbish wherever they want, with no thought for the consequences on the environment nor for their neighbours. Cleaning up any fly-tipped waste is time-consuming and expensive.

“This level of large scale fly-tipping would have needed more than one person to dump in this alleyway to the rear of Avenue Road and Cauldon Road, Shelton. It is somewhat incomprehensible that nobody would have witnessed this happening.

“Anyone who witnessed this fly-tipping should contact us by calling 01782 234234 or emailing We take a dim view of people who blight our city with fly-tipping but can only take action if there is evidence of who did it.

“Our environmental team investigate all cases of fly-tipping and where evidence supports enforcement we use a range of powers to take action against offenders including on-the-spot fines of £400 and prosecution in court, where appropriate.

“We have issued 183 fixed penalty notices for waste offences and on the spot fines ranging from £80 to £400 since 27 March. Council environmental enforcement officers have issued fines after finding household waste, baths, mattresses, fridges and rubble dumped and blighting locations across the city. In one instance, council crews have returned to Rushton Road, Cobridge on three occasions after residents filled back alleys of properties with dumped waste.

“We would like to thank the resident for reporting this to us and once again urge anybody who has any information to contact us.”