Date Published: 11 May 2021
Councillors have declared war on fly-tippers throughout North Kesteven.
The number of fly-tipping incidents reported in the District has jumped by two thirds in a year – from 837 in 12 months ending in March 2020 to 1,405 in the same period ending in March this year.
There has been a similar trend across Lincolnshire and so, deciding that enough is enough, the district council and other engaged agencies have formed a county-wide Environmental Crime Partnership which aims to reduce and prevent fly tipping across Lincolnshire through all relevant agencies working together.
Leader of North Kesteven District Council, Cllr Richard Wright said: “This initiative is a real step forward because it means would-be fly-tippers now know that there are no areas anywhere in the county where tackling illegal dumping is not a high priority issue.”
And the Partnership is not just about councils. Other agencies that have signed up include Lincolnshire Police, Humberside Police, the Office of the Crime and Police Commissioner, the Environment Agency, the National Farmers’ Union, the Ministry of Defence, the Internal Drainage Board, the Forestry Commission, the Countryside Land Association and Anglian Water.
“The support the group has received is really good news because it means that fly-tipping is not just a council issue but all sorts of agencies want to help to convince people that this sort of behaviour is just not acceptable,” said Cllr Wright.
The Environmental Crime Partnership is chaired by Ayeisha Kirkham, Environmental Protection Team Manager at North Kesteven District Council.
She said: “Some people are guilty of fly tipping by association because they do not take enough care when choosing someone to deal with their waste. There are lots of rogue traders who often canvas for business door to door or on social media and ask for payment in cash before fly-tipping the waste.
“We would urge everyone to check out that someone offering to deal with their waste is genuine and not to pay in cash. Failure to do so will be expensive because if waste can be tracked back to the original owner they will be deemed responsible for it and face a prosecution or a fixed penalty fine of £400 with no discount for early payment and no opportunity to pay by instalments,” said Mrs Kirkham.
Other common forms of fly-tipping include mattresses, televisions and fridges being dumped on street corners, green waste tipped on common land and lay-by bins being used for household or commercial waste by anyone passing by in a vehicle.
Cllr Wright said: “The Council is fully committed to dealing with fly-tipping but we need help. I would urge anyone who sees anything suspicious when they are out and about to let us know about it as soon as possible and pass on registration numbers of any vehicles that could be involved.”