From Monday 24 September to Friday 28 September, Walsall Council published a daily round up of reports of fly-tipping incidents on Facebook to raise awareness of just how widespread this criminal behaviour is. A shocking 87 reports came in, just from those five days.
The reports ranged from tipper truck loads down to weird and not so wonderful items like body lotion and a toilet seat, as well as hardy perennials such as sofas, fridges and beds – even including an orthopaedic bed!
The criminal behaviour also saw Crook Lane and Highgate Road being blocked by fly-tipped waste, causing both danger and inconvenience to highway users.
Councillor Louise Harrison, Portfolio Holder for Clean and Green at Walsall Council said:
“The reports of just five days of fly-tipping, along with the photos kindly sent in by residents, show what an ongoing problem fly-tipping is. This is why we’re going to be trialling free skips for bulky items, longer opening hours at the tips and free bulky collections next year.”
“I’m glad we’ve put this information out there for people to see what a problem fly-tipping is across the borough. It’s provoked quite a lot of discussion too, which can only be a good thing.”
“We also have something else up our sleeves which we’ll be announcing soon and I’m sure that will provoke even more interest!”
A dedicated fly-tipping hotline was set up in 2018 to allow callers to report issues with no delay by calling 01922 653355 as well as a dedicated mailbox email@example.com
Photograph provided by member of the public.