The public are being asked to help catch illegal dumpers who are tipping thousands of tonnes of domestic waste in Liverpool.
There have been six incidents at vacant industrial sites in the city since May 2016 and so far it is estimated to have cost the council up to £1 million to clear the waste and dispose of it.
It is believed the waste is being brought to Liverpool from other parts of the country, and in most cases the operation to dump it takes several weeks using HGVs and fork lift trucks to place it out of sight inside empty buildings.
Councillor Steve Munby, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “This is a highly sophisticated operation taking place during the day using professional equipment with workers in hi-vis jackets. In most cases people don’t think it is suspicious and just think it is normal activity on an industrial estate.
“The fact of the matter is that this is illegal dumping of household waste on a massive scale and so far it has cost us getting on for £1 million in clean up and disposal costs. There is so much of it that it takes days and days to clear and then there is the additional cost of getting rid of it which does not come cheap because of landfill taxes.
“It is particularly galling that this is probably waste that other councils have already paid to dispose of, so the public purse is effectively paying twice.
“We are working closely with the Environment Agency and investigations are underway to track down the individuals and organisations responsible.
“Our message to local communities is let us know if you see anything unusual happening, so we can investigate immediately and hopefully catch those involved in the act.”
The sites hit so far are in Everton, Garston, Speke and Aintree. In two of the incidents in Everton, the bales caught fire leading to flies and odour polluting the area, causing misery for local residents.
Similar tipping has occurred in other areas across the country and it is thought the waste has come from a number of local authority areas including London and Norfolk.
People who believe illegal dumping is going on are advised to contact either:
• Liverpool City Council on 0151 233 3001
• Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111