A man from Meir Heath has been fined a total of £150 for fly tipping.
The man in his thirties was issued the penalty after dumping the rubbish on a country lane in the north of Stafford Borough.
Council officers found the illegally dumped refuse bags in Moddershall which contained books, paperwork and other domestic waste.
There were more than 350 reports of fly tipping in the borough in 2014. Over the last five years the cost to local tax payers of cleaning up incidents has been put at around £140,000.
Stafford Borough Council has a dedicated page www.staffordbc.gov.uk/grimewatch where they post pictures of rubbish dumped illegally and ask people for help in a bid to catch offenders.
Cabinet Member for Environment and Health, Councillor Frank Finlay, said;
“Fly tipping is a blight on our area and those who enjoy the environment they live in do not want inconsiderate people treating the borough as a giant dustbin. I hope this sends out a clear message that if you do discard your rubbish illegally then you will be fined or prosecuted.”
To report fly tipping email email@example.com or 01785 619401. If you have information about fly tipping offences you can report it in confidence at firstname.lastname@example.org
Householders have a duty to ensure rubbish removed from their homes is disposed of properly. So you should always ask for the waste carrier to provide you with their full address, phone number and vehicle registration.
For further advice call the borough council on 01785 619000 or you can contact the Environment Agency on 08708 505 506 and ask for a free instant waste carrier check or go to public registers on www.environment-agency.gov.uk.