Fly-tipping across Lichfield and Burntwood is costing more than £34,000 a year to clean up.
The area has seen a rise in fly-tipping in recent months, with 186 incidents since April – just short of the average 202 call-outs the council has experienced over each of the last four 12 month periods.
Cllr Iain Eadie, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet member for waste management, revealed the cost of the clean-ups in a new report.
He said: “Since April 2015 we have seen a noticeable increase in incidences of fly-tipping compared to previous years.
“The fly-tipping has been mainly mixed items dumped in various locations throughout the district but predominantly household waste.
“Over the past month we have been plagued with several large fly-tipping incidences. Some of these could have caused serious injury as they were dumped directly onto the highway and, in certain locations, totally blocking the road.
“There does appear to be a general increase in fly-tipped items nationally. There have been various suggestions as to why this could be happening including low scrap metal prices.
“Some also suggest that the costs of skip hire and waste disposal is a barrier and it is becoming more difficult to legitimately dispose of waste because there may be fewer disposal facilities or reduced opening times.”
Cllr Eadie revealed that two members of staff from the street cleaning department spent around 35% of their time dealing with fly-tipping across Lichfield and Burntwood.
“The nature of fly-tipping in our district generally doesn’t follow any set pattern or trends,” he added. “This could be due to the fact that we are generally a rural district and there are numerous locations that could be used as a dumping ground with the probability that the culprits will not be seen.
“From the data collected there is no real set pattern to the types of waste that gets dumped, the
times they are dumped or the location they are dumped at.
“We have a list of hot spot locations that has been compiled from several years of data. However, even this list has variations as generally the fly-tipping is not dumped in exactly the same location and a discrepancy of several hundreds of metres is quite common.”