Top 10 list of rubbish dumped

PIGS' heads, trotters, a pony saddle and a burnt out bed are just some of the unusual items people are fly-tipping across the Mendip area. Remains of a caravan, party hats, a sandpit and a snooker table are also in the top 10 fly-tipping items revealed in

PIGS' heads, trotters, a pony saddle and a burnt out bed are just some of the unusual items people are fly-tipping across the Mendip area.Remains of a caravan, party hats, a sandpit and a snooker table are also in the top 10 fly-tipping items revealed in a report this week.The unusual rubbish items are among 1,300 tonnes of rubbish left each year on pavements, roads and streams around the district, costing taxpayers thousands of pounds to clear away and taking almost 2,000 hours to clear up each month.Mendip District Council is launching a new poster campaign with the national Keep Britain Tidy project to encourage people to use the 500 litterbins across the district.More than 150 hours are spent sweeping pavements, 320 hours sweeping roads, over 1,000 hours litter picking and nearly 200 hours collecting and removing fly-tipped rubbish every month.The council's street scene team leader Cathy Day said: "If taxpayers didn't have to fork out as much to keep the streets clean, we could better use that money in other services."Fly-tippers could face a £20,000 fine or even a prison sentence. People who see fly-tippers should report it to the council on 01749 648999 or e-mail customerservices@mendip.gov.uk


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