Derbyshire council praised for fly-tipping campaign

South Derbyshire District Council has been given the highest possible score by the Environment Agency for its campaign to stop fly-tipping.

Performance is rated by comparing present levels of fly-tipping with previous levels.

The district council has been rated as "very effective" for its work over the past year.

There have been eight convictions and two formal cautions for fly-tipping in the district over the past year.

Suspiciously cheap

Environmental Protection Manager Jack Twomey said: "Cleaning up fly-tipping costs us all money. It's dangerous and potentially harmful to health, it spoils our enjoyment of the surroundings and can cause serious pollution of the environment."

Sting operations have also taken place with suspiciously cheap waste service providers to ensure they are disposing of waste properly.

These actions have helped to secure a 28% reduction in fly-tipping in South Derbyshire over the past three years, the council said.

Derbyshire County Council said 4,573 incidents were reported across the county for the year 2009/10 compared to 6,346 for the year 2006/07.

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