People whose rubbish was fly-tipped in a Bradford alleyway may soon be getting a summons to court.
Bradford Council Enforcement Officers have the names and addresses from envelopes and parcels in a huge mound of domestic and non-domestic waste dumped in the area of Napier Road, of Leeds Road.
The alleyway is a fly-tipping hotspot and fed up residents have been encouraging Bradford Council track down those responsible.
The Council is taking part in a nationwide campaign in conjunction with the charity Keep Britain Tidy.
The campaign, called #CrimeNotToCare is designed to raise awareness and turn the tide on the rising scourge of fly-tipping.
Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “Crime Not To Care is an important campaign. There are almost one million fly-tipping incidents in England every year and cleaning it up costs £50 million a year.”
Bradford Council employs a range of measures including covert CCTV cameras to catch those responsible as well as relying on the public to report incidents of fly-tipping that they witness.
Potential penalties for fly-tipping include a Fixed Penalty Notice of £400, an unlimited fine and up to five years in prison. Vehicles used to commit fly-tipping offences can be seized and destroyed by the local authority.
Another aim of the #CrimeNotToCare campaign is to encourage the courts to deal more harshly with those convicted of fly-tipping.
Householders can be fined up to £5,000 and end up with a criminal record if they ask someone else to remove their rubbish and it is found to be fly-tipped. This is a big risk for people who use unlicensed waste carriers.
Before the offending mess was cleared up by Council workers, Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “What happened in Napier Road is absolutely disgraceful and I hope our Enforcement Officers can track down those responsible and put them before the courts.
“There is no excuse for it at all. Householders can get rid of extra domestic waste for free at our Household Waste Recycling Centres and people with trade waste should dispose of it legitimately.
“If you see fly-tipping taking place, please note down as many details as possible, including vehicle licence plate numbers and inform the Council.”
Fly-tipping can be reported be calling the Council 01274 434366 and asking for the Environment Enforcement Team or online at www.bradford.gov.uk.