Fly-tipping in Mansfield increased by a third during pandemic year - costing council more than £111,000 to clean up
Fly-tipping increased around Mansfield district by almost a third during lockdown, costing the council an additional £41,000 on the previous financial year.
A report to Mansfield District Council’s overview and scrutiny committee revealed there had been significant increases in fly-tipping over all four quarters of the 2020-21 financial year, with the period between July and September narrowly showing the highest increase.
In 2020-21, there were a total of 2,001 incidents of fly-tipping attended by council staff – compared with 1,407 in 2019-20.
In 2019-20, cleaning up fly-tipped waste cost the council £69,976 – compared to a staggering £111,760 for the last financial year.
Between April and June 2020 there were a total of 405 reported incidents around the district, compared with 301 during the same months in 2019.
The period July to September 2020 saw 567 incidents, compared to 398 over the same quarter in 2019 - an increase of 167 incidents.
October to December was also high, with a rise in cases of 167, from 326 in 2019-20 to 493 last year, while the first three months of 2021 saw a rise of 154 cases, from 382 between January and March 2020 to 536 over the same three months during 2021.
The report highlighted that the Oak Tree estate had become a particular problem and senior officers have met with local councillors to draw up an action plan to tackle the issue.
Anyone caught fly-tipping could face a fixed-penalty fine of up to £400.
To report incidents of fly-tipping, contact the council.