Council tax payers across East Lindsey are being urged to report fly-tipping, which is said to take thousands of hours a year to clean up.
Over the past three years there have been 5374 incidents, with some of the most commonly fly-tipped items include tyres, vehicle parts, mattresses, televisions and stereos.
East Lindsey District Council is encouraging residents to be vigilant and to report any fly-tips they witness or find. All fly-tips on public land reported are removed by the Neighbourhoods team and where evidence is found as to who the culprit might be, an investigation is undertaken by the Council’s Enforcement team.
If sufficient evidence is available, the Council will take action against the perpetrators with the maximum penalty being an unlimited fine and up to five years imprisonment if convicted in a Crown Court.
Portfolio Holder for Operational Services at the Council, Coun Sandra Harrison said: “Fly-tipping is an issue which the council takes very seriously. East Lindsey is a beautiful rural district and no-one should be allowed to spoil that. If anyone witnesses a fly-tip we’d encourage them to take the details and let us have the information to follow up.”
Residents are advised to use companies licensed with the Environment Agency for house and garden clearances as the duty is for the householder to ensure their waste is not going to be fly-tipped. Householders can ask to see the Waste Carriers Licence.
Fly tips can be reported on 01507 601111 or online by vising www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/flytipping