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PHOTOS: Mattress and tyres dumped in Cornwall

PHOTOS: Mattress and tyres dumped in Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:02am 9th April 2017. (Updated at 10:04am 9th April 2017)

There are calls for officials to make getting rid our bigger rubbish easier, as more is found dumped in Cornwall.

Around 5000 incidents of fly-tipping were reported in the Duchy last year.

Among them, the rubbish found on a rural road near Downderry that was reportedly traced back to Plymouth.

The latest photos show and abandoned mattress and heap of tyres near Camborne.


Angela Flamank sent these photos to Pirate FM, saying: "We have a countryside "dumper" like Plymouth have just uncovered.

"These pictures are of rubbish dumped at Coombe near Camborne over the past two weeks.

"Someone is being paid to take away this rubbish from somewhere then dumping it in our beautiful countryside".

According to the Countryside Alliance, figures released by Defra, which show a 4% rise in incidents nationally, do not reflect the growing problem of fly-tipping on private land because they are not recorded.

Sarah Lee, Head of Policy at the Countryside Alliance, said: "I think there is two issues here. One is people don't want to pay to get rid of their waste.

"Secondly, people are paying to get rid of their waste but often going with the cheapest provider who is then going on fly-tipping it.

"At the end of the day, even if it's your waste and somebody else fly-tips it, it is your responsibility.

"What we must do is take more enforcement against those who continually fly-tip.

"It is an organised crime, people are making money from this, and it's about time our police and local authorities stood up to them".

Reports earlier this year found old furniture and toys were left on the side of a country road from Portwrinkle to Downderry.

Pirate FM understands the rubbish, which was blocking the road, was then traced back across the Tamar.

The offence of dumping household, industrial and commercial waste illegally is regarded as a serious criminal offence.

According to Cornwall Council, it carries a fine of up to £20,000 (unlimited if the case goes to the Crown Court) or an offender can even be sent to prison.

Here are stats for the UK according to the Countryside Alliance:

  • It costs an estimated £86m-£186 million every year to investigate and clear up. This cost falls on taxpayers and private landowners.
  • Local authorities dealt with nearly 900 thousand incidents of fly-tipping in 2014/15, an increase of 5.6% since 2013/14 with nearly two thirds of fly-tips involving household waste.
  • The most common place for fly-tipping to occur was on highways which accounted for 48% of total incidents in 2014/15.
  • Incidents of fly-tipping on footpaths, bridleways and back alleyways increased by 3.2% in England in 2014/15. Together these now account for 28% of fly-tipping incidents.
  • Nearly a third of all incidents consisted of a quantity of material equivalent to a ‘small van load’. The second largest size category for fly-tipping incidents was ‘car boot’ and accounted for nearly 30% of total incidents.
  • The estimated cost of clearance of fly-tipping to local authorities in England in 2014/15 was nearly £50 million, an 11% increase on 2013/14.

Fly-tipping can be reported to Cornwall Council here.

They offer this advice on their website if you discover fly-tipped waste:

Do not:

  • Touch the waste - it may contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos, toxic chemicals or other hazardous substances
  • Disturb the site; there may be evidence that could help identify the fly-tippers and lead to their prosecution


  • Visually try to work out what the waste consists of and how much there is
  • Make a note of the day, date and time you saw the tipping, its exact location and whether it is in or near water

If you see someone fly-tipping make a note of:

  • How many people are involved and what they look like
  • What has been tipped - how much and what it looks like
  • Details of any vehicles involved including make, colour and registration number if possible
  • Penalty for fly-tipping

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