SWAT swoops on fly-tipping

AN OPERATION to clear fly-tipped rubbish is already hailing results in its first few days.

Almost eight tons of rubbish have been cleared in the first days of Operation Fly Swat.

In their first three half days of training and two full days of operation the clean-up team from HMP North Sea Camp cleared rubbish such as builders’ rubble, more than 60 tyres, mattresses, fridges and freezers, pallets, televisions and household rubbish dumped in black plastic sacks.

Operation Fly Swat went live at the end of last month when a task force put together by nine local public organisations set to work tackling fly-tipped rubbish.

The team will clean-up, investigate, deter and educate in a bid to stop people dumping rubbish on verges, lay-bys, farmland, waste land and in ditches, drains and rivers. Rehabilitating prisoners from North Sea Camp, in the final stages of their sentences prior to release, form the fly-tipping swat squad which will target public areas, including verges and waterways, clearing them of fly-tipped litter.

The multi-agency approach has come about as a result of the highly 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 Group.

The project also aims to gather evidence to help track down and prosecute those who break the law by dumping rubbish.

Hidden motion detectors and secret cameras will be used to target areas where fly-tipping is a persistent and recurring problem.

Householders and businesses with waste to dispose of need to check contractors have 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.

Waste carriers have to be licensed by the Environment Agency. To check if someone is registered, ask for their waste carrier number. Contact the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 and ask for a waste carrier validation check.

Alternatively, visit www. environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/waste/flytipping.

To report fly-tipped rubbish call 01205 366007 or 01205 311112.