Crackdown on litter problem in Sheffield

Fly-tipping at Wyming Brook nature reserve.
Fly-tipping at Wyming Brook nature reserve.
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Rotting food, discarded tyres and bulging bags of waste – these are the shocking litter scenes in Sheffield communities.

Now Sheffield Council has pledged to ‘crack down really hard’ on offenders.

The move comes after complaints about how rubbish is being dumped by litterbugs and blighting the streets.

Dad Paul Downend, of Firth Park Road, Page Hall, said: “It is often food waste. I have two dogs and I am constantly checking that they haven’t picked up a chicken bone.

“The other day someone smashed a Coke bottle outside our house so I had to sweep that. It gives the area a negative feel.”

Litterbugs are even dumping in nature habitats such as Wyming Brook Nature Reserve, near Lodge Moor in Sheffield.

Roy Mosley, head of operations at The Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham, said: “As well as being an eyesore, fly-tipping potentially damages important plants and in some cases contaminates soils and watercourses.

“We end up spending thousands each year clearing up other people’s rubbish.”

The council is cracking down on littering and fly-tipping – and has issued more fines than any other council in the past year.

About 125 staff from contractor Amey clean rubbish daily, while plain clothes enforcement officers also catch people in the act.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, said: “If you are dropping litter or fly-tipping, we will catch you and we will prosecute and we will crack down really hard.

“Our message to people who litter is your time is up. We have issued more than 800 fines this year alone, we’ve also taken more people to court for fly-tipping this year than ever before. We have a complete zero tolerance approach – the easiest thing for people to do is not to drop litter.”

To report litterbugs, call Amey on 0114 2734567.

Residents reminder over waste disposal

Investigators have issued a fresh warning to residents that they are responsible for ensuring rubbish is disposed of properly.

It follows a rise in incidents involving rogue waste disposal men.

Mohammed Hanif appeared before Sheffield magistrates for failing to dispose of waste properly.

He claimed two men visited his home in Fulford Close, Darnall and offered to get rid of a pile of rubbish for £40 – it was later found dumped in Ouse Road, Darnall.

Letters were found and the waste was traced back to the 51-year-old, who was handed a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £165 costs.

Paul Barber, prosecuting, said: “It happens a lot, they take what is valuable and dump the rest. You can’t just pay a man on the street, you hire a skip or use a company.”