Fly-tippers cost Hartlepool Borough Council more than £60,000 during the last financial year, new figures have revealed.
The statistics from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DeFRA) show that the local authority dealt with 1,701 incidents of fly-tipping between April 2013 and March 2014.
Tackling and deterring fly-tippers is a very important priority for the council.Council spokesman
In total, investigating fly-tipping and issuing warning letters and Fixed Penalty Notices cost the council £62,184.
The authority spent £27,555 alone on investigating fly-tipping.
However, council bosses say that the majority of recorded fly-tipping is ‘side waste’, where people have left rubbish bags next to their bins for collection, instead of sorting it into the proper containers. They also say that tackling and deterring fly-tippers is a “very important” priority and that they “vigorously investigate” incidents.
Hartlepool Borough Council issued 79 warning letters in 2013-14, costing £2,607.
The statistics also reveal that £4,725 was made back by the council through 237 Fixed Penalty Notices.
Nationally, local authorities dealt with 852,000 incidents of fly-tipping in 2013-14, a 20% increase on the previous year, with nearly two-thirds of fly-tips involving household waste.
The estimated national clearance cost is £45.2m.
A spokesman for Hartlepool Borough Council said: “These tables only show the figures which DeFRA requests from local authorities and do not give the full picture for Hartlepool.
“For example, the majority of the 893 incidents recorded for 2013/14 relates to side waste which people incorrectly leave beside their bin for collection, instead of sorting it into the proper container.
“Similarly, the £4,725 figure quoted for Total Fines does not include the 237 Fixed Penalty Notices paid in this period.
“Tackling and deterring fly-tippers is a very important priority for the council.
“We vigorously investigate incidents and where we can obtain evidence we do pursue prosecutions.”