Appeal issued over dumped tyres

Published Friday, 12th January 2018

COUNCIL officials have issued an appeal for information after hundreds of tyres were dumped on rural roads in the Borough of Hartlepool.

Cleansing teams from Hartlepool Borough Council picked up some 300 tyres in the space of just five days.

The tyres were found at regular intervals lying on the roadside or in undergrowth, suggesting that they were thrown intermittently from the same vehicle.

Most of the tyres were found on roads close to the A19, not far from the villages of Elwick and Dalton Piercy.

Garry Jones, the Council’s Team Leader – Operations, Grounds Maintenance, said: “Our cleansing teams just kept on bringing in the tyres and the sheer scale of the dumping has shocked us all.

“Cleaning up any fly-tipped waste diverts staff away from more beneficial tasks and also costs the Council money, and when the dumping is on this scale the impact is significant. In this case, we estimate that the cost of collecting and disposing of the tyres will be around £6,400.”

Picture showing some of the dumped tyres

Garry Jones with some of the dumped tyres

“Another major concern is the safety of our staff as they work on the roadside to pick up the dumped tyres and remove them for disposal.

“Dumping is also a major blight on the environment and ruins people’s enjoyment of the countryside.”

The Council is calling on rural residents or drivers passing through the area to act as their eyes and ears and to report any fly-tipping or suspicious activity to the Council on (01429) 523333 or Cleveland Police on 101.