South Tyneside Council is calling for public support to find those responsible for dumping waste in the Borough this week.
The Council is investigating an incident where waste was illegally abandoned in a back lane behind John Williamson Street and Dean Road on South Shields on Monday evening (7 August) at around 5:45pm.
It is believed the rubbish, which consisted of mainly building materials, was transported using a tipper vehicle.
Councillor Moira Smith, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety, at South Tyneside Council, said: "It is disgraceful that some people think they can dump their rubbish in our streets and back lanes.
"Abandoning waste is not only a criminal offence, it is very expensive to clean up, unsightly and can be harmful to the public and wildlife - even more so if targeted by arsonists. We will not tolerate it and will prosecute the culprits wherever possible.
"But we do need help from the public. We are appealing for local residents or anyone else who may have witnessed this incident to contact us with any information they may have to help us trace the person responsible. We understand that a vehicle was used so we would ask anyone with a description of the vehicle or registration details to get in touch.
"By working together we can tackle this scourge on society."
Councillor Smith added: "We would also like to remind people that we have recycling and disposal skips at the Recycling Village at Middlefields Industrial Estate in South Shields where a variety of rubbish can be taken and disposed of legally, safely and responsibly. So there is absolutely no reason why anyone should act in such an irresponsible manner, and risk a fine in doing so.
"A site is also available within Middlefields Transfer Waste Station where businesses and builders can take their waste through a licensed waste management site. Although there is a charge for disposal, the organisations can show that waste has been handled correctly."
To provide information on this incident or to report any flytipping incident please contact South Tyneside Council's Customer Contact Centre on (0191) 427 7000. All calls will be treated in the strictest confidence.