A Lib Dem campaigner has called for action on the fly tipping that is blighting the streets of Bensham.
Leanne Brand has said Gateshead Council needs to do more to more about illegal tipping of waste, warning that the area is being turned into a "dumping ground."
She also urged people to take responsibility for their rubbish and only get it taken away by licensed firms.
Ms Brand said:"During the lockdown the local waste tips were closed and sadly the fly tipping problem became even worse than in 'normal' times.
"Right now the council isn't doing enough about the problem. I feel like the area is being turned into a dumping ground, there is a lot of commercial waste that comes in from the outside the area.
"It is a mixture of both commercial and residential waste, people are taking advantage.
"We all have a part to play, if you are contacted by a business offering to take away your waste make sure you ask to see their waste license.
"Reputable firms will have a waste license and you can rely on them to dispose of your waste properly and not just dump it somewhere else in the area."
Coun John Adams, Gateshead Council’s portfolio holder for housing, environment and transport said that the authority had increased staffing.
He added: “We are aware of an increase in reports of fly tipping in the Bensham area.
"To help manage this we have put in extra staff and have made additional collections.
"We also are continuing to serve notices and work with landlords who do not keep their premises in the condition we would expect. But despite this, the level of fly tipping isn’t falling as quickly as we would like.
“We are grateful for the community’s ongoing help in identifying fly tipping and to those who try to keep their area free from litter, we will continue to work with local groups in the area and will support them where we can.
“We would like to remind residents that they must dispose of their waste properly. There are plenty of legitimate businesses who will remove your waste and dispose of it legally and responsibly - including the council – so there really isn’t any excuse for dumping waste on the street. As well as being illegal, dumping your waste on the street is selfish and it’s grossly unfair on other residents."