Volunteers join forces to fight fly tipping

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More than a tonne of fly tipping was collected from the Monks Road area of Lincoln during a community clean up event.

More than forty residents, cadets, councillors and officers joined forces to pick up dumped items including mattresses, a printer and even a football table. The event follows the news that the number of fly tipping incidents in Lincoln increased by 22% last year.

Wendy Taylor of community group Action LN2 says, “I thought Lets Get Picking was a huge success and hopefully the event has raised even more awareness of the problems of fly-tipping and litter in the area. Action LN2 will continue to organise these regular events and we would like to thank all the volunteers who supported us on the day.”

Sam Barstow, Public Protection and Anti-Social Behaviour Service Manager at the city council, says, “We were approached by Action LN2, who were frustrated by the amount of fly tipping in their community and wanted to do something about it. We’re really pleased with how the event went. We had a great turnout, being joined by residents, cadets and Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service as well. Together we collected more than a tonne of rubbish and distributed a thousand leaflets containing information on where waste can be disposed of legally.

“We are willing to work with other community groups looking to improve their own neighbourhoods. I would also strongly urge people to report fly tipping, so we can gather all available evidence. Details such as registration plates can help us track down offenders.”