Sheffield resident Mary Holmes was delighted when she was finally able to visit her mother’s grave after a clean-up at a city cemetery, only to find hundreds of dumped leaflets blowing across the graveyard.
To make matters worse, the publications were from Veolia and Sheffield Council to promote recycling.
Mary, aged 59, from Parson Cross, said: “My mum, Mabel Waller, had died when I was only six years old and I had never been able to get near her grave because the cemetery was so overgrown.
“After Wardsend Cemetery in Owlerton was cleaned up, I went down to find my mum’s grave and was shocked to find three boxes of leaflets had been dumped.
“They contained hundreds of leaflets, which were blowing around the cemetery.
There are signs up saying fly-tippers will be fined £25,000, yet the leaflets which had been dumped belonged to the council.”
Mary, a retired domestic worker at the Northern General Hospital, said: “I feel really sorry for the people who made such an effort to clean up the cemetery that this has happened.”
Sheffield Council and Veolia – which employs a contractor to deliver the leaflets to households – said they are investigating how the leaflets came to be dumped at the cemetery and that the matter would be raised with the contractor.
A Veolia Environmental Services spokeswoman said: “We are extremely concerned about the failure to deliver any of our leaflets and will be taking it up with the contractors who were carrying out the distribution so that a thorough investigation can be undertaken.
“We will also make sure that any residents who did not receive a leaflet thanking them for using the new recycling will receive one in due course.”