‘Great Grimsby Day Big Clean’ follows surge in fly-tipping cases
On Great Grimsby Day, Saturday 22 January, the town has organised a ‘Big Clean’ to make the town a tidier place to live in.
The ‘Big Clean’ will see North East Lincolnshire Council supporting volunteers who register their litter picks before the event.
The news comes after the BBC reported that Grimsby’s East Marsh has seen a surge of fly-tipping incidents in recent months, especially after the Christmas period.
Liberal Democrat Councillor Steve Beasant told the BBC that household waste and large items such as fridges and mattresses were being dumped on the streets daily.
The mounds of litter do not only look horrible but also attract rats and pests, dirtying the streets at a quicker rate.
Mr Beasant added that more action needs to be taken against those that break the law in this way.
He recommended installing more CCTV and handing out higher financial penalties.
The current rate stands at £400 per fine.
Conservative Cllr Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities, said: “We receive more reports of fly-tipping in the East Marsh than any other ward.”
The Scartho councillor added that the council would “”take action against those who choose to mess up the streets”.
In the meantime, volunteers have been spreading awareness and lifting people’s spirits with their acts of kindness, making the town a more pleasant place to live in.
A notable Grimsby volunteer is The Canoe River Cleaner who has kept the town’s rivers, parks and more clean for a whole year.
With Great Grimsby Day being dedicated to cleaning the town’s streets, the place will hopefully liven up and encourage the public to follow better habits.
Everyone’s actions during the ‘Big Clean’ will also benefit the environment and wildlife.
The council will be loaning litter picking kits to volunteers and will arrange for the collected rubbish to be disposed of themselves.
They recommend using two bags for the challenge: one for plastic bottles and aluminium cans and one for general waste.
(Image: John Cameron)