BARNSLEY Council bosses have vowed to crackdown on fly tipping across the borough after figures revealed offences have consistently decreased over the last three years.

Statistics from DEFRA have shown that fly tipping offences have shown a consistent decrease over the last three years after peaking during the pandemic.

The council has said they will continue to tackle environmental crimes that ‘blight’ the borough.

This includes proactive patrol officers, with three alone accounting for 20 per cent of fly tipping reports over a three-month period last year, alongside ongoing work with Microsoft to make reporting fly-tipping easier.

During this same time period, 98.7 per cent of fly tipping cases were cleared within the five-day service level agreement, not including cases where the council had to bring in specialist support.

Coun James Higginbottom, cabinet spokesperson for environment and highways, said: “We have zero tolerance for environmental crimes and those who blight our local areas and communities with fly tipping.

“Over the course of the year we have taken a number of steps to combat this problem and we continue to work to make the process of reporting fly tipping easier for our residents.

“I’d like to thank our patrol officers, volunteers, fellow councillors and residents for their engagement with us on this matter and the teams who remove the fly-tipped waste from our streets.

“With your help we can continue to tackle environmental crime and make Barnsley a cleaner, greener place for us all.”