Large fly-tip found dumped in Peterborough
A large fly-tip has been found dumped in Peterborough this week.
The large amount of rubbish dumped includes several bags of waste, children’s toys, old building supplies and what appears to be railway sleepers. The find was made on Monday (April 19) on Fulbridge Road, close to the Paston Parkway roundabout.
Several local residents have claimed that the area is a hotspot for fly-tipping, something that has been on the rise over the past years, especially during the multiple lockdowns.
Figures released last month show that 6,820 fly-tipping incidents were reported to Peterborough City Council in 2019-20, costing the taxpayer almost £50 million a year to clear up.
Small van loads of waste were dumped illegally on 2,423 occasions – 36 per cent of all reports, which appears to have been how the waste in this example was dumped.
Clamping down on fly-tipping is considered a priority by the council. If legal proceedings are instigated magistrates have the powers to fine convicted fly-tippers up to £50,000 and imprison them for up to a year.
The offence can also attract an unlimited fine and up to five years in prison if an offender is convicted in a crown court.
A spokesperson for Peterborough City Council, said: “We received report of an Incident of fly tipping on Fulridge Road, which has since been cleared by our teams.
“No evidence was found in this instance that could identify who may have been responsible.
“We would encourage anyone who witnesses fly-tipping to report this to us by calling 01733 747474 or online at www.peterborough.gov.uk. We would also like to take this opportunity to remind residents of their duty of care regarding waste. As a householder you have a legal obligation to take all reasonable measures to ensure your waste is disposed of properly. If an individual fails to meet their duty of care, they could be liable for a £400 Fixed Penalty Notice.
“For further information about duty of care and how to dispose of waste safely visit www.peterborough.gov.uk.”