ANYONE caught leaving unwanted furniture in the streets of Burton could face prosecution, a borough councillor has said.
Sonia Andjelkovic, who represents Eton Park on East Staffordshire Borough Council, said she has noticed a build-up of items being left on the streets, particularly in the area around Goodman Street during a meeting held by Horninglow and Eton Parish Council.
She is reminding residents living across Burton and not just in Eton and Horninglow that things such as sofas, mattresses and other furniture will not be taken away unless the owner contacts the borough council to arrange a collection. There is a charge of £20 for up to six bulky items to be collected at any one time, with an additional cost of £5 per item if there are more than waste items to be collected. However there is no charge at all if residents are able to take items to the recycling plant in Shobnall Road themselves.
Ms Andjelkovic told the Mail: “I’ve noticed quite a lot of fly-tipping happening in certain parts of the town. It’s something that I’ve spoken to our civil enforcement officers about on a number of occasions because it’s something that we don’t accept in Burton.
She accepted that some residents may not be aware that an appointment is necessary if they want to have furniture collected by the council, and that it is important to raise awareness of the procedures in place in East Staffordshire.
She added: “People need to reminded that if they call the borough council, things that they no longer want will be picked up, but it’s not okay to just leave them out on the street and expect it to happen. We’re looking to try and educate people and remind them that this is the case.
She also said that East Staffordshire would look to prosecute anyone caught leaving bulky waste items out on the streets, and that the civil enforcement team are trying to catch repeat offenders in the act.
She said: “We don’t know who is doing it, but we want to find the culprits and if they are caught, they will be prosecuted.”
Anyone that would like to arrange for bulky waste items to be collected should contact East Staffordshire Borough Council by calling 0800 269098.