INCIDENTS of flytipping in the Arun district soared by more than 25 per cent in a year.
Newly-released figures from the Government showed complaints about dumped items rose from 821 in 2015/16 to 1,033 in the following year.
The cost of clearing the objects left in public spaces reached an estimated £56,210. Statistics from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have been analysed by farm insurance specialists Lycett to reveal the extent of the problem.
An Arun spokeswoman said: “Flytipping is an offence that the council takes extremely seriously.
“It costs thousands of pounds a year to investigate and clean up, poses a threat to humansd and wildife, damages the environment, and ruins the enjoyment of both towns and cities.
“If reported quickly, the council is more likely to be able to catch those responsible for flytipping. So, we would urge any residents who spot dumped rubbish to let the council know.
“Any flytipping offences can be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org or by ringing 01903 737754.
“The more details the better, including photos, the location of the rubbish and the time found.
“If you catch someone in the act, it’s best not to confront them but their car registration, and the make and model of the vehicle are very helpful, if they can be noted safely.”
Lycetts stated the Government’s figures showed councils across the south east spent more than £4.5m to remove dumped rubbish in 2016/17.
There were nearly 80,000 reported incidents for an increase of 15 per cent on the previous year.
Alan Sinclair, of Lycetts, said landowners – such as farmers – whose sites suffered flytipping were having to meet the cost of clearing the rubbish.
“However, I don’t think farmers are as aware that, should they fail to deal with incidences of flytipping on their land and it leads to environmental damage, they could be held liable under the Environmental Protection Act 1990,” he said.
Opening times at the Bognor Regis waste disposal site were cut by West Sussex County Council in 2016 in a cost-saving move.