Prison team helps to tackle fly-tipping

REHABILITATING prisoners from North Sea Camp have helped clean up 43 tonnes of rubbish from 215 different fly-tipping sites.

The Operation Fly Swat crew have collected dumped items from riverbanks, verges and ditches including 676 black bags of domestic rubbish, 358 tyres, 239 household waste items, 101 electrical devices, 81 lots of garden waste, 17 vehicle parts, 16 commercial black bags and 50 other items of commercial waste, 15 fridges and freezers and 56 loads of construction materials.

There were 52 items of furniture, 47 mattresses, 18 sofas and eight armchairs, 11 beds and 60 televisions.

The multi-agency project is a spin-off from the successful annual Big Boston Clean-up and involves Boston Borough Council, HM Prison North Sea Camp, Black Sluice and Witham Fourth internal drainage boards, the Environment Agency, Lincolnshire County Council, South Holland District Council, Boston Mayflower and Longhurst and Havelok Homes.

Hidden motion detectors and secret cameras are also being used to target areas where fly-tipping is a problem.

Householders and businesses with waste to dispose of need to check the contractor has a waste carriers’ licence before allowing them to take away their rubbish. If they fail to do this and the rubbish is disposed of illegally, the owner of the rubbish could be liable and may be fined.

To report fly-tipped rubbish call 01205 366007 or 01205 311112. Maximum penalties for fly-tipping are a £50,000 fine and five years imprisonment.