Fly tipping

Huge pile of rubbish fly-tipped in Lincolnshire village

A huge heap of rubbish has been dumped in a Lincolnshire village - just 10 miles from the site were 20 tonnes of commercial waste was fly-tipped earlier this week.

Fly-tipping, North Kesteven
North Kesteven District Council

The latest incident, described by one councillor as "the largest fly-tip I have ever seen", was found near Fulbeck.

It comes in the same week a giant mound of plastic waste was dumped in a farmer's field in Norton Disney.

North Kesteven Council says it is investigating both incidents in conjunction with the Environment Agency.

Of the latest bout of fly-tipping, cabinet member for Commercial and Operations, Dr Peter Moseley said: "It is an example of appalling antisocial behaviour and disrespect for both our environment and local residents.

“If we can bring people to account for this despicable act against our countryside, I hope the legal process will support our aim to stamp this out by issuing the most severe penalty available."

Anyone who has any information about either incident is asked to contact the council.

Appeal after 20 tonnes of plastic dumped in Norton Disney

North Kesteven District Council has appealed for information after 20 tonnes of rubbish was dumped in a Lincolnshire village.

20 tonne flytip
North Kesteven District Council

The authority say the huge pile of commercial plastic waste (pictured) was dumped in Norton Disney overnight on 6 July.

It said the Environment Agency are also investigating the matter and has appealed for anyone with dash cam footage from the area or may have any information which may help in their investigation.

Boston fly-tipping cases doubles during lockdown

Fly-tipping cases in Boston have more than doubled during the lockdown period, say council bosses

Fly tip collage
Boston Borough Council

Boston Borough Council says there were 798 cases between March and the end of June this year compared with 342 during the same period last year.

Despite tips and recycling centres reopening in May, the authority say it has remained an issue.

In June this year alone, there were 254 cases compared to 68 in June 2019.

The Covid outbreak has definitely had an impact. There's been a lot more people at home generating more waste, more DIY, clearing out gardens, sheds and attics. We've definitely seen an increase in the volume of waste."

Chris AllenHead of Environmental Services Boston Borough Council

Rise in fly-tipping during lockdown

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

A "gradual but significant increase” in fly-tipping has emerged in parts of East Sussex during the coronavirus lockdown, councillors have heard.

The East Sussex Joint Waste Committee heard today that the number of fly-tipping reports in Hastings, Rother and Wealden began to rise as lockdown went on.

Fly-tipping
BBC

The committee oversees the work of the Joint Waste Partnership which sees Wealden District, Hastings Borough and Rother District councils share waste collection services through a contract with Biffa.

In a report considered by the committee, a spokesman for the partnership said: “A gradual but significant increase in the number of fly-tips has been recorded since the beginning of May.

“This trend is being investigated and is also being considered by the county-wide Waste Strategy and Resource Group so comparisons can be made with neighbouring councils.”

Figures showed there were an average of 23 reports per week from 3 to 29 March, rising to 35 average reports between 30 March and 26 April.

The average rose to 43 between 27 April and 24 May, while the past four weeks have seen an average of 52 reports per week.

The papers went on to say there was a speculative link between the rise in fly-tipping reports, the closure of county council tips and the temporary suspension of bulky waste collections

Fly-tipping prompts fines warning

Fly-tipped rubbish at Avonmouth
Bristol City Council

People have been warned they could be fined if someone else fly-tips rubbish on their behalf.

The warning comes after a large amount of waste was dumped in Avonmouth near Bristol.

Bristol City Council believes the enormous pile of rubbish was left by the same person making multiple trips to the site.

The council says address details were found which will help them track down not just the fly-tipper but whoever hired them.

Under new regulations that came into force in January 2019, anyone who hires a waste removal service without checking if they are licensed faces a fine.

Cabinet member Kye Dudd said: “It costs thousands of pounds to clear a site like that and we’re not exactly swimming in cash as a local authority.

“We have found names and addresses in the rubbish and we will be looking at possible prosecutions.”

Penalties for fly tipping can range from a £200 fine for the person whose rubbish was being dumped up to a £50,000 fine and five years in prison for people who continue to dump waste or cause serious contamination.