TONNES of rubbish was carelessly dumped close to homes and businesses in a Walsall street.
Environmental health chiefs at Walsall Council have described the latest fly-tipping incident as “unacceptable” after recyclable waste weighing up to three tonnes was found on the roadside in Balls Street, Chuckery.
Bosses are now urging anyone who witnessed the rubbish being dumped to contact them so that those responsible can be brought to justice.
“This fly-tipping has taken place in an area overlooked by residential properties and businesses,” said Cllr Chris Towe, portfolio holder for the environment at Walsall Council.
“I would urge anyone who witnessed anything, however insignificant they think it might be, to get in touch with my officers.”
It is believed that the rubbish was dumped during eitherTuesday evening (August 6) or the early hours of Wednesday morning (August 7), with details of the incident released late last week.
Council officers were on the scene today (August 8) to remove the dumped materials.
During 2013/14, Walsall Council dealt with 3,389 incidents of fly-tipping – which equates to approximately 1,695 tonnes of waste.
The total cost of dealing with these incidents was a staggering £206,311.
A Walsall Council spokesperson said: “Work is constantly ongoing to bring those responsible to court but it relies on evidence being captured by covert cameras or eyewitness reports.
“If prosecuted through the courts and found guilty fly-tippers can face imprisonment or a hefty fine.”
Councillor Towe said the cost of the crime would hit taxpayers as he urged for anyone with evidence to contact officials.
He added: “Clearing up fly-tipping costs the council and ultimately our residents, as taxpayers, thousands of pounds per year.
“It is only right that those responsible pay the price for their actions but to enable us to do this we need evidence.”
The authority launched a fly-tipping reward scheme earlier this year, which offers residents £100 if they supply evidence leading to a successful prosecution for crimes including fly-tipping, fly-posting and vandalism.
Several fly-tippers have also been prosecuted this year for their actions.
Adrian-ion Nenciu, aged 26 of Mary Road, Handsworth, was ordered to pay a total of £1,456 by magistrates last month after dumping rubbish in Skip Lane.
His actions had been spotted by an off-duty police officer.
And in May, Abul Hussain – aged 41 of Rutter Street – was ordered to pay £555 in fines and costs after dumping a settee, two mattresses and 15 bags of rubbish on a Walsall car park behind his home.
He was rumbled after leaving paperwork containing contact details in the rubbish.
Residents are reminded that rubbish can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centres at Fryers Road, Leamore, and Merchants Way, Aldridge, which are free of charge.
Anyone who witnessed the latest incident of fly-tipping is urged to call the environmental health team on 01922 653020 or email email@example.com.
Bulky waste collections can also be booked and paid for online using a credit or debit card or by calling 01922 653344.
If you want to request the removal of fly-tipped rubbish from council land, but have not eye witnessed it call Clean and Green on 01922 653344.