Appeal to stop fly-tipping in Stevenage after 18.9 tonnes cleared by council workers
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A shameful 18.9 tonnes of fly-tipped items have been cleared by Stevenage Borough Council over a two-month period.
During May, 61 fly-tips were removed in Stevenage, with 18.9 tonnes cleared in April and May, diverting council staff away from other duties and hitting the cash-strapped council in the pocket.
Council leader Sharon Taylor said: “Please don’t do this. We are trying to keep our essential services going and fly-tipping doesn’t help.”
Fly-tipping – which includes leaving donations outside charity shops and items next to recycling banks – can lead to a fine and up to 12 months imprisonment.
A council spokesman said: “We’re having to regularly clear fly-tips, which takes away important resources from other services during this challenging time.
“We are increasing surveillance across the town to try to tackle this problem.
“This is a really difficult time for everyone, but please help us by not fly-tipping.”