North East Lincolnshire Council is appealing for witnesses after a load of rubbish was illegally dumped in Grimsby at the weekend.
Someone fly-tipped cushions, furniture and many bin bags full of rubbish near the town’s Community Recycling Centre in Gilbey Road.
Enforcement officers suspect the rubbish came from a property in Corporation Road, Grimsby, and are investigating.
Fly-tippers dumped the rubbish between 6pm on Saturday 26 and 7am on Sunday 27 February.
Street cleansing staff from the Council cleared up the mess earlier this week.
It is an unnecessary expense for the Council to clear the site and dispose of the rubbish.
If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area or recognise the waste that was dumped, please report it in confidence at www.nelincs.gov.uk/flytipping or call 01472 326300.
Cllr Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities, said:
“We need your help to track down the people responsible for illegally dumping this rubbish.
“Fly-tipping makes the area look a mess and harms wildlife.
“If you know who did this, please get in touch.
“People can also help by checking the credentials of anyone they pay to take away their waste.”
“Fly-tipping is a crime and the council investigates all incidents. Anyone who is caught risks a £400 fixed penalty notice.
“Where we find enough evidence, we will take offenders to court where the penalties can be much harsher.
“Fly-tipping is a national problem. We all have a legal obligation, or duty of care, to make sure our waste is disposed of correctly.
“People who don’t check the credentials of waste carriers, can also be prosecuted if their waste is found fly-tipped. They could land themselves with a fine of £300 and possibly more if they are a business.”
Report fly-tipping now at www.nelincs.gov.uk/flytipping.
Duty of care
If you are paying someone to take your waste, you must check they are licensed to take it.
Check the register by calling the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506 or visit https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers
Always ask for identification and a receipt. You can be fined £300 if your waste is dumped unlawfully.
The Duty of Care applies to individuals and all commercial entities. This includes private sector businesses such as shops, offices, factories, and tradespersons (e.g. electricians, builders, glaziers and plumbers) and public sector services such as schools, hospitals and prisons, as well as charities and voluntary and community groups. It also includes permitted operations or exempt facilities that produce waste as part of their activities.