Two separate flytipping incidents have racked up a cleaning bill likely costing more than £1,000 of tax payers' money.
The first incident was reported to East Devon District Council (EDDC) on Sunday, 20 March, and involved a large propane tanked that had been dumped in a layby just outside Rockbeare, near Cranbrook.
EDDC is now working to arrange for the removal of the hazardous tank – it will need to be hoisted up onto a trailer with a tractor, before being transferred to a specialist location to be disposed of. Officers suspect the item was dumped off the back of a lorry
The second incident was reported on Wednesday, March 23 – a huge amount of wood, gates and roofing material was left strewn across a large area in Beare Lane, in Budlake – near Killerton Park.
EDDC will likely need a team of more than seven to spend at least a day cleaning up the mess, which will likely need the help of a tractor that can hoist a lot of the larger pieces of wood onto lorries, before it can be taken away for disposal.
Councillor Geoff Jung, EDDC’s portfolio holder for coast, country, and environment, said:
I am totally shocked when I saw the amount of material left at these two locations.
Most East Devon residents are brilliant at recycling, to such an extent that we lead the country in the least amount of residual waste, which we then send to the incinerator.
Many residents partake in litter picking groups or individually, to help keep East Devon litter free, but then we get these individuals do this! I do hope we are able to find the offenders and hopefully fine them the maximum!