An appeal for information has been launched after a spate of fly-tipping across Lichfield and Burntwood since the beginning of the month.

Rubbish left on Church Road in Stonnall

Lichfield District Council said it had received 50 reports of rubbish being dumped this month alone.

Items left include asbestos, fridges, mattresses and rubble.

Ben Percival, head of operational services at Lichfield District Council, said:

Rubbish dumped in Chorley

“Our team is struggling to cope with the sheer number of fly-tipping incidents, which seem to get worse around bank holidays. 

“Everyone can help us keep the district free of fly-tipping by making sure they only use properly licensed companies to dispose of waste on their behalf.

“So, when employing a gardener, tree surgeon, builder or house clearance company, it’s important to check they have a waste carrier licence, which means they can legally remove your waste – if they cannot produce this paperwork, please don’t use them.

“We’re also calling on anyone who may have seen the culprits in the act of fly-tipping to report it to us to help us with our investigations.

“The cost of removing fly-tipping is funded by Lichfield and Burntwood residents, and the more spent on clearing up this type of environmental crime the less can be spent on other services that benefit the district.”  

Ben Percival, Lichfield District Council

To report fly-tipping or provide information about offences visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/report or call 01543 308999.

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4 Comments

  1. I have some information – the refuse and recycling service in the area is not up to the task. We keep allowing developments but do nothing about the infrastructure or provision of services.
    This is yet another symptom of the desire to allow housebuilding to go unchecked. More houses, more people, requires more services and improvements to excvisting services. I would say it isn’t rocket science, but this is local authorities we’re talking about.

  2. Scott, Birmingham has plenty of tips but still suffers from flytipping on a huge scale. Let’s not make excuses for scummy and selfish behaviour.

  3. Well you couldn’t have predicted that could you? I wouldn’t think all the new housing developments will affect air pollution, congestion, lack of doctors or schools. Why should it? Our council will have taken all that into account. Mind you, I had a walk around the city centre yesterday (first time since lockdown). I felt like a visitor. It was totally underwhelming !!

  4. Steptoe – I am not disputing its selfish and scummy behaviour and I have no doubt it would happen anyway.

    My point is more that despite encouraging substantial growth in terms of residential development, the local authorities covering this area do not seem to draw a link with the need for greater provision of public services and better infrastructure. That might help in lots of ways, maybe even reducing fly-tipping and the queues at recycling centres which possibly encourage some to fly-tip.

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