Fly-tipping in the Daventry district is down just over four per cent year-on-year figures from the district council show – but there are still more than two incidents every day.
Between April and the end of September in 2015 there were 414 cases of fly-tipping across the district, compared to 435 for the same period in 2014 – a 4.2 per cent reduction.
In total there have been 454 cases so far this civic year (since the start of April), compared to 909 for the whole of April 2014 to April 2015.
The Daventry Express requested the figures from Daventry District Council to illustrate the scale of the problem.
In the 12 months up to April 2015, there were five cases of fly-tipping every two days.
Fly-tipping can vary from garden waste dumped in a ditch, to building rubble and potentially dangerous items like asbestos being left in laybys. But it all costs money to dispose of – costs that affect council tax bills.
Councillor Jo Gilford, environment portfolio holder on Daventry District Council, said: “Not only is fly-tipping unsightly, it can also pose a health hazard and costs councils across the country millions of pounds each year to deal with.
“As a council we treat incidents of fly-tipping very seriously and would like to remind people that anyone caught fly-tipping in Daventry district will be prosecuted under the Environment Protection Act 1990 and will face a fine of up to £50,000 and potentially a prison sentence. Anyone caught using a vehicle for fly-tipping can also have that vehicle seized by the police.
“We would ask anyone who sees waste being illegally dumped or who finds some waste to report it to the council using our website, which is available 24 hours a day, at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/online or alternatively by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01327 871100.
“We employ a dedicated fly-tipping crew who aim to remove waste left on public land within 24 hours of it being reported. Any information people can provide about those responsible will also help us catch the culprits and bring them to justice. We know that fining and prosecuting the perpetrators of fly tipping and other environmental crimes will act as a significant deterrent.”