Council asks volunteers to ‘take responsibility’ for fly-tipping hotspots


Council asks volunteers to ‘take responsibility’ for fly-tipping hotspots

North East Lincolnshire Council have launched a new pilot scheme, and are asking volunteers to support them to clean up the community. 

The project, titled ‘Clear It’, is aimed at residents who live near alleyways and fly-tipping hot spots.

Volunteers will be expected to take responsibility for removing waste from affected areas.

The council will help to dispose of it, and is offering to provide gloves, litter pickers, brushes, bin bags, shovels and large bins, to anyone wishing to get involved.

Volunteer applications will be assessed by the council. 

Once granted, council  officers will conduct a check of each site and analyse the amount of waste before agreeing on a clean-up date. 

Applicants who have not been accepted onto the scheme are still encouraged to remove local waste. 

 Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for Environment and Transport said: “We’re launching this new scheme to help people who are willing to come together and clear illegally dumped waste from an alleyway or patch of neglected land that’s not owned by the Council

“We’d like to see these types of spaces given a fresh start so they become vibrant places the community can enjoy and make better use of.”

But the scheme has already been met with controversy.

One local resident who wished to remain anonymous said:”I’m pretty sure this is why the good people of Britain pay taxes…”

“So have the weekend off your full time job, just to go out and do the job that the council are paid to do? No thanks,” added another.

Volunteers can apply via the North East Lincolnshire Council website.

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