COUNCIL chiefs have issued a warning after incidents of fly-tipping started to rise in South Derbyshire.
District council bosses revealed reports of people dumping all manner of items illegally in the area had increased since Christmas, and they are now working to drive down the figures and catch those responsible.
Matt Holford, environmental health manager at the council, said: “Since Christmas incidents have been on the increase. This can sometimes happen because of all the waste created in the festive season. When we saw that the figures for February were also up compared with last year, we decided to go on the offensive.
“We’ve got good evidence to support likely legal action against individuals involved in recent incidents. They’ll be hearing from us very soon.”
Warning notices have been displayed at fly-tipping hotspots in the district and surveillance cameras are being used to catch offenders.
It comes after the area had seen the number of incidents plummet in recent years, dropping from 989 in 2008-09 to 582 last year.
Peter Watson, chairman of environmental and development services at the council, said: “These recent fly-tipping incidents show that, sadly, some people want to spoil our wonderful countryside.”
Anyone who would like to report dumped rubbish or areas that need cleaning up in the district is urged to call 08005 872349 or, alternatively, head online to www.south-derbys.gov.uk