WASTE has been dumped less than 2.5 miles away from a Household Waste Recycling Centre.
Items including household waste, wood and metal were fly-tipped at the entrance to Eskett Quarry, Frizington.
This dump site is near to Frizington Household Waste Recycling Centre, where the materials could have been disposed of correctly.
The items will be removed by Copeland Council at a cost to the taxpayer.
Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland, said: “It’s absolutely outrageous that individuals think this is acceptable.
“There is a recycling centre less than 2.5 miles down the road, open seven days a week, where these materials could have been taken to be disposed of correctly, protecting the environment and the tax payer’s purse.
“Our Enforcement Officers will be ensuring that every effort is put into catching the culprits who we will prosecute to the full extent of the law and we urge anyone with any information to come forward.”
Copeland Council can issue fly-tippers with a fixed penalty notice of £250. It can also prosecute more serious cases of fly-tipping, which is punishable by a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months’ imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrates’ Court.
The council is asking anyone with any information relating to this incident, to get in touch.
Copeland Council charges £27.50 for a three-item bulky waste collection. To arrange a collection or report information relating to an incident of fly-tipping, call 01946 598300 or email [email protected].