A new campaign launched on Monday to help tackle fly-tipping in North East Lincolnshire has already resulted in some useful leads.
Environmental enforcement officers at the Council released CCTV images in connection with several fly-tipping incidents in Grimsby and Cleethorpes.
Officers are asking the public to help identify people they want to speak to in connection with the offences.
Since the appeal on Monday, one person has come forward, another has been identified and a third has helped clarify a case that now needs no further action.
That case was from Lancing Way last March where a couple had helped a friend put out some furniture and other items for collection, but it was mistaken for a fly-tip. NELC would like to thank all involved for their cooperation.
People can view the images and use an online reporting form at www.nelincs.gov.uk/caught-on-camera.
Cllr Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities, said:
“I’m grateful to the public and local media for their help following our appeal.
“Information from the public is vital in clearing up these cases.
“Our officers will post more images of people they are keen to speak to when other avenues of investigation have been exhausted.”
Many of the offences featured occurred at bring to recycling banks.
Cllr Shepherd added:
“Most people manage their waste and recycling responsibly, but a small minority seem to think it’s acceptable to dump rubbish at recycling banks.
“When people dump rubbish at these sites it means other people can’t get to the bins and our staff need diverting from their usual duties to clear up the mess.
“All the sites carry clear warnings about fly-tipping and advise people to return later if the bins are full.
“People can also take their rubbish to the one of the community recycling centres in Estuary Way, Grimsby, or Queens Road, Immingham.”
The Council spends tens of thousands of pounds in disposal costs alone for fly-tipped waste each year. The total budget for street cleansing is about £1.5-million per year.
Council workers cleared 286.6 tonnes of fly-tipped rubbish in 2020. Disposing of the fly-tipped waste cost the Council £72,053.
In 2020, officers gave a total of 67 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) with more cases are due to be heard in court. Of the 67, 53 people were fined £400 for fly-tipping and another 11 were fined £100 for littering offences.
People who don’t check the credentials of waste carriers, can also be prosecuted if their waste is found fly-tipped. They could land themselves with a fine of £300 and possibly more if they are a business.