More than 86 cases of illegal fly-tipping reported weekly

Mark Benton, Environmental Crime Officer at Doncaster Council, with a bag of rubbish found illegally dumped in Hyde Park, Doncaster
Mark Benton, Environmental Crime Officer at Doncaster Council, with a bag of rubbish found illegally dumped in Hyde Park, Doncaster

Official figures have revealed more than 86 incidents of fly-tipping were recorded each week in Doncaster in the last year.

The problem of dumped waste attracted 4,498 complaints in the borough last year.

And statistics from Doncaster Council show that in the last month, Armthorpe Road, Intake, has topped the league for complaints, with 15 cases reported.

It had slightly more complaints than Churchfield Road, in Campsall and Doncaster Road, Askern, which had 14 complaints each.

It is a problem which is of concern to public health bosses at Doncaster Council, who say recently fridges have been a problem, with 50 found dumped in one place recently.

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish and costs UK taxpayers millions every year. If convicted, fly tippers face a £50,000 fine and/or five years in prison .

A spokesman for the council said: “Dumped waste can often be contaminated. Not only is it harmful to the environment, water course and wildlife but it encourages vermin and, in time, can corrode or become unstable and emit toxic fumes which affect health and safety.

“The money spent on clearing up illegally dumped waste could be better spent on other services.”

Last year, there were 11 prosecutions for flytipping in Doncaster, 37 fixed penalty fines of £80, and three cautions.

It has cost the authority £500,000 to clean up the illegally dumped waste, and the Crown Prosecution Service handed out more than £5,000 in fines and costs.

Mark Benton, environmental crime officer, said the size of the Doncaster borough affected the size of the flytipping problem.

He said: “What people have to remember is Doncaster is the largest metropolitan borough authority in England and it is surrounded by countryside. Our figures may be higher than others, but we are covering a bigger area.

“Fly-tipping ranges from large scale dumping in rural locations to single items left in mainly urban areas.

“We investigate every case, to try and find out who put the rubbish there and why.”

He said there had been a downward trend in the number of incidents in recent years, with 9,000 incidents reported in 2006.

Mr Benton said that the reduction was due to the hard work of the council and environmental officers, and insisted that they had an efficient system in place for recording, removing and investigating fly-tipping.

“We take action wherever we can, when we find evidence. Sometimes it is difficult to get evidence, but sometimes people will leave things in their rubbish like their phone bills so we can trace them.

Of the 4,498 reported tips in 2014-2015, the council investigated 3,900 and took action in more than 2,000 cases.