Rushcliffe Borough Council appeal after three-tonne fly-tip discovered next to Grantham Canal, near Cropwell Butler
Three tonnes of bricks, rubble and other waste was discovered at a popular walking spot.
Rushcliffe Borough Council is appealing after the massive fly-tip was found in a carpark next to Grantham Canal, near Cropwell Butler, on Sunday.
The council said it follows a significant rise in the number of fines issued to those fly-tipping, dog fouling and littering across the borough, as highlighted by a partnership with Waste Investigations Support and Enforcement (WISE).
Several incidents have been investigated, leading to over 300 fines being issued.
However, the authority is still keen to receive information from anyone who witnessed the fly-tip or saw vehicles in the area on February 13 or 14, and would encourage reporting of any other fly-tipping in the borough at https://bit.ly/3rUE4rt.
The webpage includes a facility to pinpoint the location of the fly-tip on a map, which helps the council locate items and aid their removal.
Cabinet portfolio holder for neighbourhoods councillor Rob Inglis said: "Incidents like this generate much anger in our community. I find it utterly deplorable that a small minority of people consider it is acceptable to dump rubbish and waste in our wonderful countryside.
“Offenders show a total disregard to our environment, our residents and to those having to clear it up, especially not knowing what hazards may lie within.
“It either falls upon us all, or just an innocent landowner to foot the bill for each occurrence.
“I appeal for anyone who recognises the source of the waste in this incident to please let us know by calling 0115 981 9911 or via our website www.rushcliffe.gov.uk.
“Rushcliffe's partnership with WISE highlights the increased commitment to tackle this anti-social crime. Investigations have already and will continue to identify the culprits.”
WISE’s environmental enforcement service operates across the borough to clamp down on dumped domestic and commercial waste, seven days a week.
They target those who don’t dispose of their waste in a responsible way, or hand it over to non-registered waste carriers or create eyesores through dropping litter, or failing to pick up after their dog.
Anyone caught fly-tipping can be issued with a £400 fixed penalty notice or, if they are observed littering or failing to pick up after their dog, they will be issued with an on-the-spot £100 fine.
Failure to pay a fixed penalty notice may result in prosecution being brought and a much higher fine being imposed by the court, as well as a potential criminal record.