Sefton Council Environmental Health officers are clamping down on alleyway dumpers after a resident was caught flytipping in Litherland.
Each year Sefton’s cleansing teams have to clear an astonishing 1,500 tonnes of rubbish from alleyways across the borough, costing the Council nearly £450,000 to clear up and dispose of.
On average thirty tonnes of flytipped rubbish is left in rear alleyways and passageways each week, with each tonne running up a bill of £300.
At a recent court case at South Sefton Magistrates Court, Peter O’Neil of Kirkstone Road, Litherland, was found guilty of flytipping a bin bag full of rubbish in an alleyway off Kirk Road in Seaforth.
He was fined £472.
Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said:
“People dumping rubbish in alleyways costs the council up to £450,000 a year to clean up and dispose of.
“This is a huge bill to clean up after irresponsible flytippers and we won’t hesitate to issue a fine if we catch people doing it.
“No matter if its a small bin bag or a huge pile of household waste, it’s still flytipping and you will be fined heavily for irresponsibly disposing of your rubbish.
“Flytipping carries a £400 fixed penalty notice and failure to pay will land you in court.
“Each week our cleansing teams clear away thirty tons of dumped waste from alleyways alone and this needs to stop.
“Flytipping is not only unsightly and anti-social, but it can also be a serious risk to people’s health and can cause considerable damage to the environment.
“Please dispose of your waste in the proper fashion and make Sefton a cleaner and greener place to live, work and visit.”
If any residents have any concerns regarding flytipping or wish to report an offence, they should contact us on 0345 140 0845 or report it via our website www.sefton.gov.uk.