Police and council issue plea over fly-tipping in Sheffield

This was found dumped on Rotherham Road, Beighton
This was found dumped on Rotherham Road, Beighton
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Police and council officials are urging people to think twice about who they pay to dispose of their waste.

Members of the Sheffield South East local policing team recently met officials from Sheffield and Rotherham councils to discuss ways of tackling the issue.

There have been a number of reports of fly-tipping in the south east of Sheffield over recent weeks, with rubble and building waste recently found dumped on Rotherham Road, Beighton.

Inspector Jason Booth said 'rogue operators' paid by residents to dispose of their waste often dump it illegally.

If waste can be traced back to households those who live there risk prosecution.

Councillor Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for the environment at Sheffield City Council, said: “Most Sheffield residents and businesses dispose of their waste correctly, but a small minority do on occasion fly tip waste. We work hard to prevent and clear up fly tipping and littering, and take firm action against those who dump waste on our streets.

“While the legislation introduced last year has given local authorities more powers to deal with fly tipping incidents, we must still have sufficient evidence of the offence before a fixed penalty noticed can be issued.

"We also take people to court if the fly tipping is deemed too serious for a fixed penalty fine to be sufficient - where there is a maximum £50,000 fine and a possibility of a jail sentence.

“We welcome any evidence from the public that can help trace those responsible, although we do not suggest that fly tippers are confronted directly. If you have any information about a case of fly tipping, or if you do come across any waste you can contact us."

Call 0114 2734567 to report fly-tipping.