ONE in 12 residents admits to illegally dumping unwanted waste in the borough.
Research by Furniture Choice reveals that eight per cent of people in the region commit fly-tipping and one in five don’t realise they are actually breaking the law.
The survey was conducted as the maximum fine for illegally dumping rubbish has increased from £50,000 to £95,000.
As 92 per cent of adults in the North West are unaware of any change, the possibility of being fined would put off 85 per cent of those polled who currently admit to fly-tipping.
Government figures show cases of fly-tipping have risen by 20 per cent in the past year, with nearly two-thirds of these cases involving household waste. Local authorities reported 852,000 cases of waste dumping last year, and almost 98 per cent of prosecutions resulted in a conviction.
Last year, Wigan Council spent £100,000 on clearing up incorrectly disposed rubbish.
Wherever someone does leave rubbish illegally we will seek to prosecute any offenders as we take a dim view of anyone wanting to spoil our borough in such a wayCouncil spokesperson
In recent weeks the council has had reports of fly-tipping in Drummers Lane, Bryn, as well as bricks dumped in Coop Street, Whelley.
A council spokesperson said: “Anyone thinking of fly-tipping should remember that not only is it illegal but it also creates an eyesore for communities.
“Wherever someone does leave rubbish illegally we will seek to prosecute any offenders as we take a dim view of anyone wanting to spoil our borough in such a way.
“However, residents can also really assist us in catching offenders by providing meaningful intelligence by calling 01942 404364.
“This could include vehicle registrations and descriptions as well as descriptions of offenders.
“This information will assist in providing positive lines of enquiries and will lead to further prosecutions.”
In response to the findings, Furniture Choice has developed an online resource - www.furniturechoice.co.uk/recycling-tool/ - to help the public identify their local refuse centres and avoid hefty fines while being kinder to the environment.