Councils across Lincolnshire are cleaning up a staggering 20 incidents of fly-tipping a day, the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has revealed.
The number demonstrates the rising tide of illegal rubbish dumping that is blighting Lincolnshire’s communities and countryside.
The CLA has met with Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones who called a special summit to investigate what can be done to tackle the growing menace.
Representatives from all seven of the county’s district and city authorities, the county council, Lincolnshire Police and the CLA attended the special meeting at the police headquarters in Nettleham.
Delegates were told that waste crime has been described as “the new narcotics” by Environment Agency chief James Bevan – and now costs England £1 billion a year.
Farmers and landowners, often the victims of illegal fly-tipping, now pay an average of £850 a year cleaning up rubbish on their land – with many paying thousands of pounds.
The meeting included an assessment from each council and drainage board about the current levels of fly-tipping and how they are addressing the problem.
Some of the examples given included the dumping of 30 bags of dead chicken, hundreds of tyres, offal and even three dead horses.
PCC Mr Jones will now assess the information given by the various agencies tackling the problem before drawing up a list of actions.
But he has committed to creating a “hot spot” map – showing the locations across the county most used by fly tippers – as a first step in an intelligence gathering process.
Representatives from all agencies, including the Chief Constable, have also signed a pledge to seek ways to work together to tackle fly-tipping.
“Today is very much the first step in gathering information, good practice and experiences,” said Mr Jones.
“But it is clear, already, that this is a huge problem for all our communities and it’s having a significant impact on resident’s quality of life.
“Clearly partnership working will be crucial so I am keen to analyse the information we have gathered today, find examples of positive steps taken around the UK and then see what projects we can create and launch that will begin to make a difference.”