A major crackdown on fly-tipping has been launched with council bosses promising a “deep clean” of the borough.
The clean up will target areas most hit by fly-tippers such as alleyways and bridleways.
Every fly-tipped area in the borough will be “deep cleaned” and “robust enforcement” has been ordered to catch culprits.
The Borough recorded 1,069 incidents of fly-tipping in 2016/17 compared to 824 the previous year. Whilst the number in 2017/18 reduced to 832, figures nationally are continuing to increase
Council officers sift through the waste to try to identify offenders in order to prosecute them, but many go undetected because of the difficulties in tracing them.
The problem costs around £60,000 to clean up each year.
Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, cabinet member for environmental services, said:
Fly-tipping is a crime, plain and simple. It not only causes a terrible eyesore for people, it also leaves the taxpayer out of pocket, and that is not acceptable.
We are launching the biggest crackdown on fly-tipping in years, investing in not only clearing up the mess but also catching those responsible. We want a deep clean of the borough because residents have told us there are areas of fly-tipping. We will identify them, clean them and make sure they stay clean by robust enforcement.
We are proud of Dudley and we will keep it clean.”
Offenders face thousands of pounds in fines and a criminal record if they are caught.
During the crackdown, the council will be recording the worst hit areas and the type of rubbish being dumped.
During the fly-tipping crackdown, officers will be gathering information on the worst hit areas and the type of waste being dumped, to make an informed decision of where to target future works
The scheme will start this month and run until the end of March.