That’s the message from Warrington Borough Council after environmental officers were forced to spend several days last week removing illegally dumped tyres from various parts of the borough.
The council’s environmental team says too much money, time and energy is spent removing illegally dumped waste, and is directly affecting other parts of the service.
Last year, nearly 1,000 tyres were dumped across borough – nearly 100 trucks full. The cost to remove them amounted to approximately £15,000 – money that could have been spent on more positive environmental works.
Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish on public or private land and should be reported as soon as possible to prevent further fly-tipping.
Cllr Judith Guthrie, executive board member for environment and public protection, said:
“Fly tipping can be a real blight on local communities and as a council, we take firm action against those who fly tip such as; roadside checks, compliance visits to local businesses and by prosecuting those who disobey the law.
“Fly tipping not only attracts vermin and damages the environment, but it costs council tax payers for it be removed.
“It’s concerning that so much money and energy goes into removing illegally dumped waste especially when it could go towards improving our environment and the quality of life for so many residents.
“Fly tipping is illegal, can carry hefty fines and will not be tolerated.”
Fly tipping can be reported online at warrington.gov.uk/flytipping or by telephoning 01925 443322.