A RALLYING call has gone out to residents in West Lindsey asking them to do their bit to help keep the streets clean.
The district council has noticed a significant decline in the quality of cleanliness in some neighbourhoods in its area.
The authority is now asking local people to help them to keep their neighbourhoods clean.
Housing, renewal and community safety manager Grant Lockett said: “The community safety unit has noticed an increase in the amount of rubbish on the streets.
“The vast majority of our residents have their refuse collected in wheelie bins, but in some areas this is not possible and the bin collection service is replaced by plastic bag collections.
“The problem we have is that a minority of residents who receive the bag collection service are putting refuse bags out on the pavement for collection far too early.
“This has resulted in some of the bags being split open by animals, causing the rubbish to spill out on to the streets.
“We have also noticed an increase in the amount of fly tipping at the back of some properties, which is not acceptable and is an offence under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.
“Anyone caught fly tipping could receive a fixed penalty or face prosecution.”