Fly tipping - what it costs

Fly tipping Market Rasen
Fly tipping Market Rasen
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Fly tipping cost West Lindsey District Council £49,953 in the last financial year and is a particular problem in Market Rasen and Caistor.

The latest figures have been released as the council raises awareness of the effects of environmental crime in its Don’t Mess in West Lindsey campaign.

Caistor councillor Alan Caine, who is championing the campaign, said: “People dump waste on the quiet country roads with less risk of being seen. But we need people to realise it’s just as easy to dispose of this rubbish responsibly – and without the serious impact.

“Fly tipping not only damages the look of an area, but in itself attracts more waste, can cause hazards to wildlife and water courses and costs the authority many thousands of pounds in taxpayers money each year to clear up.”

Head of localism at West Lindsey, Joanna Riddell, said: “Fly tipping is a serious offence which cost the local authority thousands of pounds every year to clear up, as well as making our streets and green spaces look unsightly and causing a health hazard. The council is committed to cracking down on fly tipping which is why we now have an officer dedicated to dealing with prosecutions. The rural area around Caistor has long been a target for fly tippers, which is why the Caistor Policing Panel continue to have fly tipping as a priority.”

To report fly tipping, call the council on 01427 676676 or go to HYPERLINK “http://www.west-lindsey.gov.uk” www.west-lindsey.gov.uk and use the ‘report it’ facility.