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Fly-tipping prosecutions up but clean up still costs over thousands every year

There has been a staggering increase in the number of people being caught and prosecuted for fly tipping in Hull over the last year.

The figure has risen by fifty per cent - but it still costs taxpayers in the city more than one hundred and fifty thousand pounds a year to clear up the massive amount of rubbish that is dumped on the streets. Sarah Clark reports:

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CLA wants government to clamp down on fly-tipping

"Fly-tipping happens all year round but it hits a peak at this time of year.

"CLA members frequently have to dispose of anything from black sacks to furniture, televisions, garden waste and piles of rubble.

"The CLA's action plan to tackle environmental crime calls for the Government to ensure local authorities can accept fly-tipped waste without charge to landowners as well as an end to the prosecution of landowners who have waste dumped on their land and have to pay to remove it."

– Dorothy Fairburn, CLA North Regional Director

CLA prepare for Easter spike in fly-tipping

Group call for new rules over fly-tipping Credit: PA

A group which represents landowners in North Yorkshire says it's preparing for a rise in cases of fly-tipping in the region over the Easter holiday.

The CLA is calling for new rules to tackle the problem, as it says too many people have to pay to get rid of rubbish dumped on their land. It's also lobbying the government for a new scheme which will allow dumped waste to be taken to the tip free of charge.

Council clamp down on fly-tipping

Fly-tipping in East Lindsey Credit: East Lindsey District Council

Fly tipping figures for East Lindsey over the past year have been released by the District Council.

East Lindsey District Council dealt with 1,876 incidents of fly-tipping from July 2012 to June 2013, compared to 1,567 the previous year.

Dealing with fly-tipping in East Lindsey costs Council taxpayers around £70,000 per year.

Fly-tipping in East Lindsey Credit: East Lindsey District Council

The Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Councillor Steve Newton, said: “Fly-tipping will not be tolerated and we will do all we can to catch offenders.

"Each year we spend thousands of pounds of tax-payers’ money clearing up after the irresponsible few people who do not properly dispose of their waste items.

“East Lindsey is a beautiful District and it is unacceptable that people take advantage of our rural area by dumping their unwanted items in lay-bys and ditches when there are plenty of legitimate ways in which they can be disposed of.”

Fancy a rest? Unusual fly-tipping in West Yorkshire

An armchair spotted on Ovenden Moor by a Calendar correspondent

It may look a nice place for an armchair - but it's one of the more unusual examples of fly-tipping spotted at a beauty spot in West Yorkshire.

The discovery, near Oxenhope, comes weeks after surveillance cameras were installed to help catch fly-tippers in the county.

However, the cameras need to be fixed to trees or other objects, but there were no such devices to be seen at this remote hilltop dumping ground.

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Sheffield is fly-tipping capital

New figures show Sheffield heads a league table as the fly-tipping capital of the region. More than 100,000 incidents of illegal dumping of rubbish have been reported by councils in the Calendar region over the last year. In Sheffield, there were more than 58,000.

Bradford, Doncaster, Scarborough, Wakefield and Leeds have also seen thousands of fly-tippers. It is costing millions of pounds to clear up the mess.