Clearing up fly-tipping costs Sunderland £80,000

Coun Stuart Porthouse (left) with Bill Blacklock of Sunderland City Council at the scene of fly-tipping in Foxcover Lane, Sunderland.
Coun Stuart Porthouse (left) with Bill Blacklock of Sunderland City Council at the scene of fly-tipping in Foxcover Lane, Sunderland.
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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.

SUBMITTED PIC 'Sunderland Local Election 2012''Hendon - Mordey Michael, Labour

SUBMITTED PIC 'Sunderland Local Election 2012''Hendon - Mordey Michael, Labour

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.