By Tristan Harris 20/06 Updated: 20/06 18:19
A STAGGERING 2.5 tons of rubbish was collected from one dumping hotspot during a combined clean up by Bromsgrove District Council and the National Trust.
The haul was picked up from a lay-by on the A38 in between Rubery and Lydiate Ash as part of the Love Where You Live campaign. The area falls in an area of outstanding natural beauty, between the Lickey Hills and Waseley Hills.
The waste consisted of 85 full black refuse sacks, 20 wheels and tyres and other assorted items.
Bromsgrove District Council's waste prevention officer Pete Brown said: “We were planning the Love Where You Live litter campaign when colleagues told us they’d spotted a site we needed to look at.
"As it turned out, it was so bad it took all day to clear up - you would not have believed it.”
The council’s portfolio holder for environment, Coun Michael Webb, added: “Littering and fly-tipping are criminal, let alone in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
"Thanks to the report, we were able to take action together with the National Trust, but it’s unacceptable that this action was even required in the first place.
"The community should not have to suffer from the unscrupulous actions of a handful of individuals.”
The Love Where You Live campaign supports active local community groups and residents who help the district council by looking after their neighbourhoods.
Community groups wanting some Love Where You Live support from the district council’s waste prevention officers, should call Anna Wardell-Hill on 01527 881715.
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