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Fly-tipping

We have a responsibility for acting on reports of fly-tipping to both remove the waste, locate and prosecute the offenders.

We collect hundreds of fly tipped items every year, these range from domestic black bags, tyres, mattresses, televisions, white goods furniture and many more items that are picked up from across the borough, the roadsides, dyke bottoms, car parks, lay-bys etc.

The service costs the tax payer a great deal of money in time and man power.

What a lot of people don't know is that all of these items can be disposed of and recycled FREE OF CHARGE at the household waste recycling centre at Slippery Gowt Lane.

We now encourage residents to come forward if an offence of this kind is witnessed with details of place of offence, time, details of vehicle registration, description of what has been dumped and if at all possible a photo of the offence.

If you do witness an offence of this kind please call our enforcement officer Becky Shinn on 01205 314200 with all these details or you can complete the form below.

We are very keen to prosecute those people who continually spoil our landscape.

Operation Fly Swat

A new initiative has seen nine local public organisations work together on a single project for the first time with the aim of clearing the countryside of fly-tipped rubbish.

The multi-agency "Operation Fly Swat" task force have come together to clean-up, investigate, deter and educate in a bid to stop people dumping rubbish on verges, lay-bys, farmland, waste land and in ditches, drains and rivers.
Rehabilitating prisoners from North Sea Camp, in the final stages of their sentences prior to release, will form the fly-tipping swat squad which will target public areas, including verges and waterways, clearing them of fly-tipped litter.

The multi-agency approach has come about as a spin-off from the highly-successful annual big Boston Clean-up and involves Boston Borough Council, HM Prison North Sea Camp, Black Sluice and Witham Fourth Internal Drainage Boards, Lincolnshire County Council, South Holland District Council, Boston Mayflower and Longhurst Group.

A North Sea Camp spokesman said rehabilitation of offenders is helped by developing a "normal" routine of work, giving satisfaction after a day's labour and a job well done and is essential preparation for release. Many prisoners want to do something useful with their time and working together on local projects like this one helps reduce re-offending as well as supporting local initiatives to make Boston a cleaner town."

She emphasised that no prisoner would replace a paid worker - their efforts would be extra and in addition to all rubbish-clearing work currently undertaken by all the partner agencies. And it would be work for the public which otherwise would not get done.

Prisoners, some of whom already work during the day outside the prison, will receive all necessary health and safety training and protective equipment and the work, including a certain amount of administration, will lead to vocational qualifications which may assist them when they leave prison to get a job and lead a normal law-abiding life.

The project has also gathered evidence to help track down and prosecute those who have broken the law by dumping rubbish.

Hidden motion detectors and secret cameras will be used to target areas where fly-tipping is a persistent and recurring problem.

Rubbish dumped in the countryside is an anti-social eyesore and dumped tyres and items such as mattresses can block watercourses and cause flooding. Hazardous waste, such as asbestos, can be harmful to health.

All rubbish dumping is illegal. Anyone caught doing it faces a heavy fine and even imprisonment.

Sean Marshall, works supervisor for Black Sluice Internal Drainage Board, said: "It's great the way all these different agencies have together to work on this, and it shows how passionate we all are about keeping the area clean.

"Our passion is shared by the majority of the population. It is a small minority which spoils it for everyone else.

"We are very grateful for the assistance of North Sea Camp, and I am sure that, very rapidly, this model scheme will roll out further and be adopted by more areas."

The first area will extend from Wainfleet to Fosdyke Bridge and across as far as Donington.

Householders and businesses with waste to dispose of need to check the contractor has a waste carriers' licence before allowing them to take away their rubbish. If they fail to do this and the rubbish is disposed of illegally, the owner of the rubbish could be liable and may be fined.

Waste carriers have to be licensed by the Environment Agency. To check if someone is a registered waste carrier, people should ask for their waste carrier number. Contact the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 and ask for a waste carrier validation check. Alternatively, they can check the online Authorised Waste Carrier Register by visiting www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/waste/flytipping

If a contractor is not registered, their services should be refused and a request made that they seek advice from the Environment Agency.

To report incidents of illegal dumping of hazardous waste or large amounts of industrial waste, call the Environment Agency's 24-hour incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

Maximum penalties for fly tipping are a £50,000 fine and five years imprisonment.

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[123kb] Witness statement - Fly-tipping report form Witness statement - Fly-tipping report form

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