Fly-tippers in South Yorkshire cost taxpayers £4m

A mattress dumped on the Winn Gardens estate in Sheffield
A mattress dumped on the Winn Gardens estate in Sheffield
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Fly-tippers in South Yorkshire are getting away with illegally dumping rubbish - with tens of thousands of incidents reported over the last three years but just 105 culprits prosecuted.

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that there were 81,375 fly-tipping incidents reported across Sheffield, Rotherham , Barnsley and Doncaster over the last three years but only 105 prosecutions.

It cost the county's four local authorities £4.2 million to clean up the illegally dumped waste.

There were 49,873 fly-tipping incidents reported in Sheffield, which cost £2.1 million to clean up.

Just 35 culprits were ever identified.

In Rotherham there were 9,631 fly-tipping incidents, which cost £262,800 to clean up.

There were 16 people prosecuted in the town.

In Barnsley there were 6,896 fly-tipping incidents reported, which cost £586,621 to clean up.

A total of 28 people were prosecuted over the three-year period,.

And in Doncaster there were 14,975 incidents of fly-tipping reported, which cost the borough council £1.1 million to clean up.

There were 26 people prosecuted over the offences.

Nationally incidents of rubbish dumped illegally and the cost of dealing with it have risen for the second year running.

Councils are using a number of measures to tackle the problem, including examining rubbish for evidence of where it came, using CCTV and hidden cameras, running patrols with police and education campaigns to warn residents that they are responsible for where their waste ends up.

Some are also providing one-off skips for dumping domestic items in problem areas or free bulky waste collections for households.

But the Local Government Association also wants extra powers for councils to be able to issue on-the-spot fines.

A Defra spokesman said: "Fly-tipping blights communities and poses a risk to human health which is why tackling this issue is a priority for government.

"We want everyone to enjoy a cleaner, healthier country and will build on our recent successes by introducing fixed penalty notices for small scale fly-tipping.

"This will provide local authorities with another way of clamping down on those who illegally dump waste.

"Last year's increase in reported fly-tipping incidents should be seen in the context of better technology, including local authority apps, which allow members of the public to easily report this crime so authorities can take action."

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