Hundreds of tonnes of illegally dumped commercial waste have been cleared from the countryside.
Staffordshire County Council, working with the Forestry Commission and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, coordinated the removal from a car park and public footpath at Gladings Wood, Madeley Heath, west of Newcastle.
An excavator loaded 15 lorries over three days to take away 175 tonnes of rubbish for incineration, before Forestry Commission staff worked to remove as much of the very small waste as possible.
Clive Thomson, the Staffordshire County Council Commissioner responsible for the operation, said:
I’m pleased to see this public place being restored for the benefit of the community, but It’s extremely frustrating that public bodies have to spend taxpayers’ money cleaning up a crime.
Dumping commercial waste like this has the potential to harm people and the environment and causes a great deal of trouble for the victims. If anyone sees anything suspicious I would urge them to contact the police as soon as possible.”
The waste, which included shredded paper and bandages, but no hazardous material, was dumped at the site on January 29th, after offenders broke open a gate.
Mr Thomson added:
There is still some work to be done at the site before the public footpath is reopened, but we hope that will be within the next week.”
The waste has been taken to the county council’s W2R Waste-to-Energy facility at Four Ashes Business Park in South Staffordshire, which is managed by Veolia.