Council bosses have launched an investigation into a flytipping incident at a beauty spot in South Tyneside.
The rubbish, found on Cleadon Hills, contained numerous letters, complete with addresses.
Coun Jeff Milburn found the waste in Sunniside Lane, Cleadon, on Friday, which contained letters addressed to a man living in South Shields.
South Tyneside Council sent an officer to remove the rubbish later that day and has now launched an investigation into the incident – one of many in the borough over the last ten years.
Coun Milburn said: “I couldn’t believe the mess that had just been dumped. It was a disgrace. I don’t understand why it had been left there. Most of the rubbish could have just been put into a regular household bin.
“The irony is that, if the rubbish was dumped by the person that many of the letters are addressed to, then they would have had to pass the Middlefields recycling depot to get here. It doesn’t make sense.”
He added: “I am glad South Tyneside Council is investigating the matter and taking this seriously. We want to send a message that fly tipping like this will not be tolerated.”
In January this year two South Shields men ended up in court for fly-tipping rubbish.
James Young, 52, of Marlborough Street, was fined £183 at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court after he admitted dumping 20 bags of rubbish near The Lakeside pub at Jarrow.
Investigators from South Tyneside Council’s environmental services team, traced the waste back to Young’s home.
Daniel Daymond, 24, of Winskell Road, South Shields, was given a conditional discharge after he appeared in court in relation to a substantial amount of abandoned waste dumped at Cleadon Hills last August.
The waste, mainly consisted of garden rubbish, an old dustbin, plastic tubing and general junk, was traced to Daymond after investigating officers found an old catalogue featuring his home address.
In March this year five bags of rubbish were dumped in Hobson’s Way consiting of green waste and fencing but also included household rubbish. Early investigations suggest the waste was transported from the County Durham area.
South Tyneside Council has reported that there have been 3,618 recorded flytipping incidents within the borough over the last 12 months but say that, over the last 10 years, there has been a 60% reduction in incidents.
Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety, said: “Fly-tipping is irresponsible and can be hazardous to the public and wildlife, particularly if targeted by arsonists. It is unsightly and costly to clean up.
“We take the issue of fly-tipping extremely seriously in South Tyneside and are committed to taking action against those responsible for illegally abandoning waste across the borough.
“We have a 100 per cent success rate for taking action through the courts. It doesn’t matter whether it is one bag of rubbish in a back lane or large quantities of waste dumped at the roadside, fly-tipping is a criminal offence and we will not tolerate it. “
To report fly-tipping, call the council’s customer contact centre on (0191) 427 7000 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org