Fridges, carpets, doors, tyres and kitchens – that’s just some of the hundreds of tonnes of waste illegally dumped in North East Lincolnshire in 2018.
More than 380 tonnes of rubbish was fly-tipped in the borough last year, costing North East Lincolnshire Council £87,700 in disposal costs alone.
There were 1,858 fly-tips reported to the council in 2018 – an average of 36 incidents each week.
Six offenders have been prosecuted in recent months for a range of environmental protection matters, including not clearing waste in gardens, fly-tipping and failure to comply with a duty of care around disposal of household waste. There are also a number of ongoing investigations for offences that occurred in December 2018.
Fly-tipped waste comes in a number of forms, but typically consists of items such as tyres, white goods, building materials and furniture – all of which are not included in household waste collections.
More than £11,000 was spent on one incident alone in a lay-by off Hewitt’s Avenue, Cleethorpes where 80 tonnes of waste had been dumped from several homes and businesses. Two men have been prosecuted in connection with this offence.
The fly-tip included garden waste, tree cuttings, rubble, car parts, building materials, asbestos, carpets, doors, a fridge, black bags of domestic waste and loose domestic waste.
It cost the council £6,075 to remove all of the waste and clear the lay-by. There was an added cost of more than £5,000 to install temporary barriers to prevent more fly-tipping.
The council is cracking down on fly-tipping, with CCTV cameras being installed at ‘bring to’ recycling sites, social media monitoring, engaging with residents to ensure they are educated and investigating all reports.
The council also has the power to carry out ‘stop and searches’ on vehicles that are seen to be carrying waste, such as scrap metal, building waste and tree cuttings. These stops are carried out in conjunction with the police and other agencies such as the DVLA.
Householders and businesses can be prosecuted even if their waste is fly-tipped by someone else on their behalf.
Councillor David Bolton, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities, said: “Everyone has a legal ‘duty of care’ to ensure their household or business waste is disposed of correctly. If it’s your waste, it’s your responsibility. Fly-tipping is a national problem and has been on the rise for the past five years.
“We find time and again that people are being paid to get rid of waste such as furniture, old bathroom fittings, fridges and freezes, building products or garden clippings, and then dumping it illegally. This is being done on an industrial scale by criminals with no respect for the environment.”
Councillor Steve Beasant, chairman of the overview and scrutiny committee, added: “A lot of the fly-tipped waste we find isn’t what people would put in their household bin.
“Fly-tipping is illegal. If you’re paying someone to get rid of waste on your behalf, you must check they are licensed to take it. If you don’t, you could be fined along with the person who dumps it. We investigate fly-tips on our land and gather evidence to prosecute criminals who dump waste illegally.”