Tipping Sheffield over litter edge

A bathroom suite and plumbing items dumped on the farm track between Mosborough and Ridgeway,
A bathroom suite and plumbing items dumped on the farm track between Mosborough and Ridgeway,

These are the Sheffield litter hot spots exposed by Star readers.

Dumped sofas outside charity Heeley City Farm, rotting food waste on residential streets in Page Hall, choked rivers and blighted nature trails are among the scenes submitted in shocking photographs.

Litter on Ball Street, Kelham Island.

Litter on Ball Street, Kelham Island.

The Star has highlighted problems with fly-tipping or littering in communities – and was overwhelmed by the huge response from residents.

Grandma Elaine Laszczak, of Mosborough, sent in her picture of an entire bathroom suite which had been dumped on a nearby farm track that she walks on regularly.

Elaine, aged 69, said: “It is just absolutely disgusting.

“When I saw it lying there both me and my husband were absolutely incensed.

“There are a few cars that use the track and they had to drive into the field to get around it.

“This type of rubbish is not household waste, it was the full contents of a bathroom suite down to the carpet and basin.

“So it must have been dumped by some workmen or someone who didn’t want to pay to dispose of it.

“In the past there have also been three glass-fronted fridges dumped there and bags of rubbish which foxes have got into.”

Lee Swords, a reader of The Star on Facebook, posted pictures of litter including stripped copper waste choking the rivers Don, Loxley and Sheaf.

A sun-soaked summer has also led to parks in south west Sheffield’s Porter Valley being left covered in debris.

Ann Le Sage, chairman of the Friends of Porter Valley, said items such as beer cans could be dangerous to wildlife and birds.

She added: “It has been a hot summer which means people come out for picnics and barbecues and particularly Endcliffe Park has litter left on it.

“Some people just don’t bin their litter – even if there is a bin nearby. It’s maddening. The gardeners who want to do proper gardening spend a lot of time picking up after thoughtless members of the public.”

Sheffield Council is leading a crackdown on fly-tipping and littering.

Over 800 littering fines have been issued in the past year and enforcement officers have visited 400 businesses,

Plain clothes officers hand out £75 fines while 125 staff from contractor Amey clean the streets every day.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for, warned litterbugs they would be caught and prosecuted.

He added: “Our message to people who litter is – your time is up,”