Fly-tipping cases across Derbyshire cut by campaign

Fly-tipping incidents across Derbyshire have fallen by 27% since the launch of a crackdown, council officials said.

The county council, along with district and borough councils, recorded 1,773 fewer cases last year after a campaign with the Environment Agency.

Measures such as setting up CCTV cameras at fly-tipping hot-spots and collecting DNA samples from rubbish have helped to fight the problem.

The council said 535 fines and fixed penalty notices were issued.

Hotline introduced

The campaign was launched in February 2008 to warn people about the consequences of illegal dumping.

Derbyshire County Council said 4,573 incidents were reported for the year 2009/10 compared to 6,346 for the year 2006/07.

A hotline was also introduced to make it easier for people to report fly-tipping.

Councillor John Allsop, Derbyshire County Council's cabinet member for technology and recycling, said: "Fly-tipping looks a mess, it's illegal and it costs tax-payers money to clean up - so we're really pleased the campaign is continuing to reduce tipping in Derbyshire.

"Residents really are the key to helping us put a stop to it and catch those who continue to blot our landscape."

Paul Slater, project manager for the Environment Agency, said: "Anyone caught fly-tipping could be fined up to £50,000 or spend 12 months in prison.

"If your rubbish is dumped illegally, it could be traced back to you and you could be fined, even if it's been dumped by someone else."

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