Birmingham City Council’s crack squad of waste enforcement officers are appealing for witnesses after a pretty country lane was blocked by dumped rubbish earlier today (31 March 2016).
Officers were alerted this morning to the flytipped waste on Bell Holloway in Northfield, which was strewn along a 70 metre stretch of the lane.
Abandoning rubbish (flytipping) is illegal and offenders can face an unlimited fine and up to five years’ in jail if convicted at Crown Court.
Jacqui Kennedy, interim Strategic Director of Place for Birmingham City Council, said: “It is outrageous that people think dumping tons of rubbish on a road is acceptable – it is not.
“This has drawn staff away from their regular duties to clean up this mess and also incurred clean-up costs, which will ultimately be borne by taxpayers if they cannot be recouped from the offender.
“Officers are sifting through this waste to identify who this rubbish belongs to, as they may be liable if we do not trace the people responsible for dumping their waste on Bell Holloway.
“We need to love and respect our neighbourhoods and it’s disappointing to see rubbish being dumped on our streets. Keeping Birmingham’s streets clean is everyone’s responsibility so we will continue to clamp down on litter bugs, targeting areas where there is a persistent problem.”
If you have any information about who flytipped this waste on Bell Holloway Road, or wish to report any other similar incidents, please click here to report the dumped rubbish or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Waste Enforcement Unit investigates dumped rubbish, officers will sift through rubbish bags to identify where it came from, in order to prosecute fly-tippers. Officers can also serve legal notice to landowners to clear rubbish that attracts or harbours vermin.