Fly-tipping cost is revealed

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Taxpayers have stumped up nearly £50,000 to clear up fly-tipped rubbish over the last two years.

Figures obtained by the Derbyshire Times show Chesterfield Borough Council (CBC) spent £23,089 dealing with illegally-dumped waste in the area between 2012 and 2013.

The problem cost the authority £20,126 during the previous year.

Councillor Chris Ludlow, CBC’s executive member for the environment, said: “Fly-tipping is a selfish act costing council taxpayers thousands of pounds to clear up each year.

“We will make every effort to trace the owners of tipped rubbish and carry out enforcement,” she added.

On the Derbyshire Times’ Facebook page, readers have highlighted a number of fly-tipping hotspots across the area, including Tom Lane in Duckmanton, Gapsick Lane in Clowne and Woodthorpe Road between Shuttlewood and Mastin Moor.

Kelly Flowers said: “What I don’t understand is people obviously have cars to dump these things so why don’t they just go to a recycling plant?”

Charlotte Deane said: “I always report it if I can.”

Anyone who sees fly-tipping is urged to report it to CBC on 01246 345734.

• Have you taken a picture of fly-tipped waste? Send it to us via or through our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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