East Riding of Yorkshire Council is appealing for information after a van load of rubbish was found dumped in a field entrance on Walkington Heads, between North Newbald and Walkington.
There was a 45 gallon oil drum which had been filled with waste and then set on fire, there were black sacks of household waste including rotting food, food packaging and soiled nappies and a selection of children’s toys
The waste was reported by the public to the council at the end of August, beginning of September. The rubbish was removed at the expense of the council taxpayers.
Carl Skelton, the council’s highway maintenance services group manager, said: “There is absolutely no excuse for using the countryside of East Riding as a dumping ground.
“If we can get evidence or there is a witness we will not hesitate to prosecute those responsible. Any information given to us will be treated in the strictest confidence.”
Under the Environmental protection Act 1990 those taken to court and found guilty of fly tipping can be fined up to £50,000.
Householders, too, have a duty of care to make sure their waste is taken away by a registered waste carrier. If it is found that their waste has been illegally dumped, they could be fined in court for failing to ensure their waste was properly dealt with.
Anyone with information should call the council on (01482) 393939.