Lichfield District Council is urging anyone with information about a series of fly-tipping incidents to come forward to help stamp out this crime.

Over the Easter bank holiday weekend, Lichfield District Council was called out to remove piles of waste from a number of locations across the district. The council has now removed large quantities of rubbish from Cranebrook Lane near Stonnall, Whitacre Lane in Stonnall, Barracks Lane near Burntwood and Pouk Lane in Lichfield.

Waste collected included fridge freezers with the metal stripped out, old mattresses, asbestos sheeting, furniture, car parts, clothes and more. During the bank holiday, piles of tree cuttings and filled bin bags were also dumped on private land off the A38 between Streethay and Fradley, which the council is investigating.

Richard King, Director of Place & Community at Lichfield District Council, said: “It’s likely the rubbish has been left by commercial companies that are paid to dispose of waste as part of a building or landscaping job. However, to avoid the commercial waste charges at licensed tips, which they’ve always had to pay, they dump the waste in our district. Please report these commercial operators to us, as we will prosecute them wherever we can.

“We’re also taking this opportunity to remind our residents of their duty of care. If you employ a gardener, tree surgeon, builder or house clearance company it’s important to check they are licensed to legally remove your waste. If they cannot tell you their waste carrier number or where they are going to dispose of your waste, don’t use them. Remember, you are ultimately responsible if your rubbish ends up being fly-tipped and you could even face a fine.”

To help stamp out fly-tipping, report any information you might have by calling Lichfield District Council on 01543 308725 or online at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/reportit. To find out how to correctly dispose of commercial waste visit the Right Waste, Right Place website at www.rightwasterightplace.com.