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18 October 2017, 17:53
Cars and vans belonging to fly-tippers and seized by Birmingham City Council have been crushed - as the cost of tackling the problem looks likely to hit a three-year high.
Figures show the council spent £257,716 to remove fly-tipping waste in the city in the first three months of this year.
Tony Quigley is Head of the Waste Enforcement Unit and told Heart: "The cost is quite significant, and it’s not just to Birmingham, but to most cities across the country, and what we’re saying here is that fly-tipping is not acceptable”.
Those caught abandoning rubbish can face an unlimited fine and up to five years in jail if convicted.
Last year there were 14,799 cases of fly-tipping in Birmingham, but just 49 people were taken to court.
Fines were also issued to 104 people between 2016-17. They raised a total of £18,800, which is paid to the Government and not the Local Authority responsible for clearing the streets.
Birmingham City Council hasn't yet released fly-tipping figures from June when the city's bin workers went on strike.