A large pile of broken up asbestos sheets has been illegally dumped in Mile Oak.

On 19 June Lichfield District Council was called out to remove a large amount of asbestos that was fly-tipped on Plantation Lane in Mile Oak. The large pile of hazardous waste has to be removed by experts, which is a costly process.

Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member for Operational Services, Leisure & Waste, said: “The person who fly-tipped this asbestos has committed a criminal offence.

“We suspect it was left by an unscrupulous individual or company that took money to dispose of it at a registered site, but dumped it in our district instead and pocketed the money they were paid to properly dispose of it.

“We hope community members will come forward if they think they may have seen suspicious behaviour in or around Plantation Lane, which is near to Robert Peel Hospital in Mile Oak.

“Only if we can find the person who did this, can we then prosecute them and send a clear message that commercial operators need to dispose of their trade waste properly or they will face the consequences.”

To report fly-tipping or if you have information, please call Lichfield District Council on 01543 308999 or visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/reportit.  

For more information about correctly disposing of waste visit the Right Waste, Right Place website at www.rightwasterightplace.com.