Sunderland City Council spent more than £80,000 in 12 months cleaning up the mess left by fly-tipping, new figures have revealed.
The statistics, from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, show that the local authority dealt with 2,476 incidents of fly-tipping in the 2013-14 financial year.
In total, investigating fly-tipping and issuing warning letters and Fixed Penalty Notices cost the council £81,708.
The authority spent £66,528 alone on investigating fly-tipping.
Council bosses issued 405 warning letters in 2013-14, costing £13,365.
The statistics also reveal that no money was made back by the council through Fixed Penalty Notices.
Fly-tipping is a national issue which we take a very pro-active approach to addressing here in Sunderland.Coun Michael Mordey
Nationally, local authorities dealt with 852,000 incidents of fly-tipping in 2013-14, a 20% increase on the previous year, with nearly two-thirds of fly-tips involving household waste.
The estimated national clearance cost is £45.2million. Coun Michael Mordey, Portfolio Holder for City Services, said: “Fly-tipping is a national issue which we take a very pro-active approach to addressing here in Sunderland.
“We actively encourage people to report every instance of fly-tipping to our customer services line.
“Area response teams are also able to report all instances they come across.
“We have designated teams taking action to remove any fly-tipping as soon as possible.
“Every report of fly-tipping, no matter how small the amount, is recorded and this approach is reflected in these figures.
“The costs of cleaning up fly-tipping are Government estimates based on a formula applied taking into account national average clean-up costs.
“80% of the fly-tipping reported is very small scale, but this is taken just as seriously as larger instances, and we would urge people to report any fly-tipping as soon as it appears.
“We prioritise how we investigate the various categories of fly-tipping and record all incidents.”
To report fly-tipping, call 0191 520 5550.