Birmingham City Council’s squad of waste enforcement officers are appealing for witnesses after a road in Digbeth was blocked by flytippers today (29 April 2016).
Officers were alerted to the waste dumped on Lower Darwin Street this afternoon, which was strewn across the pavement and road.
Abandoning rubbish (flytipping) is illegal and offenders can face an unlimited fine and up to five years’ in jail if convicted at Crown Court.
Mark Croxford, Head of Environmental Health for Birmingham City Council, said: “It’s outrageous that people think dumping tons of rubbish on a road is acceptable – it is not. Officers were alerted to this at lunchtime and the road was cleared in less than an hour.
“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 Lower Darwin Street.
“Keeping Birmingham’s streets clean is everyone’s responsibility – no one wants to live in a dump – so we will continue to clamp down on litter bugs.”
If you have any information about who flytipped this waste on Lower Darwin Street, or wish to report any other similar incidents, please visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/dumpedrubbish or email email@example.com
The Waste Enforcement Unit investigates dumped rubbish, officers will sift through rubbish bags to identify where it came from, in order to prosecute flytippers. Officers can also serve legal notice to landowners to clear rubbish that attracts or harbours vermin.