Council workers in the middle of a fly-tipping clean-up operation found some of the dumped rubbish they were about to take away had been flung in a river.
When residents complained about fly-tipped waste on New Coin Street in Royton last Monday (September 27), Oldham council sent a team out to remove it.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News , resident Alan Burgoyne said the area has become a fly-tipping hotspot.
In passing, he discovered bags labelled as containing hazardous waste among ‘commercial freezers’.
“There was all sorts there,” Alan said.
“It looks like massive commercial coolers or fridges, but there’s also loads of bags labelled hazardous waste.”
Oldham council later confirmed the waste was not hazardous and an investigation was ongoing.
Workers moved a ‘large amount’ of waste on Tuesday (October 5).
Before they could get rid of the remainder, it was flung into a river – alongside a sofa.
“Someone has slung a settee and the [rest of the] rubbish into a stream now,” Alan added.
“It’s still in the water course, alongside some bags of cement.”
Oldham council said it had visited and would arrange for the rubbish to be removed.
“Our officers have visited the scene again,” spokesman said.
“We removed a large amount of waste on October 5 but could not take it all in one visit because there was too much. When we went back to pick it up we found the remainder had been thrown in the river.
“As we’ve said previously the waste is not hazardous but due to where it is we will have to arrange for it to be removed by specialists – at a cost to the taxpayer.
“Our teams are in very high demand and work hard 7 days a week to keep the borough clean and tidy.
“Unfortunately they cannot be everywhere at once but if an area is identified as a hotspot we would look to put more resources there to tackle the problem.
“We’d ask residents to report any fly-tipping or illegal dumping to us so we can take action against them.
“In the past 12 months alone we’ve issued 318 for waste offences and successfully prosecuted 47 individuals for various fly-tipping offences.”