Lincolnshire County Council Control Councils have blamed the closure of the county’s landfills (household waste recycling centers) and the introduction of a booking system for an increase in fly tipping – though officials insist the evidence doesn’t show it.
Lincolnshire County Council’s Environmental and Auditing Committee on Tuesday voted to end the booking system once social distancing measures are over, with a final decision on the Waste Executive’s process between July 19-23 and a ” nominal “end date is due September 1st.
As part of the move, residents with larger vehicles and delivery vans, as well as trailers, could be asked to register for annual registration to combat abuse of the sites by commercial companies.
Alderman Martin Griggs said fly tipping over the pandemic “tripled” in Boston.
“Some of this is because people are generally lazy and some will tip over regardless of what we do, but for some I believe we made it too difficult for people to get rid of their trash and that cost “must be met with a Lincolnshire pound.
“Sure, it’s up to us to provide a facility that people can access and use whenever they want,” he said.
He was assisted by fellow Boston councilor Alison Austin, who said there had been “an apparent fly tipping plague” in the city.
A report to councilors said there was “no evidence to link the two problems” but acknowledged that “public perception is still lingering.”
On a separate agenda item on the Council’s performance on waste, members were also informed that new initiatives to combat fly tipping were being worked on, including community groups, education and exploring how this could be incorporated into crime prevention outreach.
Councilors were told that the amount of waste going to landfills (HWRCs) had decreased but that around three-quarters of the waste was still being recycled.
However, the municipal rubbish collected by the council has been well below target, and has been for a number of years, which Councilor Ashley Baxter described as “woefully inadequate”.
“Our recycling is still falling, while the need for recycling is still growing very rapidly, and on top of that, it’s not just that we don’t recycle that much, we are now I believe it’s down to 43% compared to 50% . almost 10 years ago. “
Along with others, he called for better ways to educate people about recycling.
Officials said low recycling rates were a national problem, adding that there was some confusion but agreed that better information was needed.
During the discussion on the household waste recycling center, additional questions were raised about a proposed registration system for people with larger vehicles, some of whom were unable to use the tip due to concerns that commercial companies were misusing the system, rather than for an approved collection of. to pay for their waste.
It is hoped that residents will be able to enroll in the registry annually for free to review their vehicle registration and track their use of the website to ensure appropriate usage.
There was a suggestion to use ANPR cameras as part of the process.
The current cost of the tip booking system is around £ 9,000 per month and has been running as of May 11, 2020 with a total cost of over £ 126,000 so far.
It has a limited number of slots and has occasionally been down for the past 12 months, the reports say.
The amount of waste assumed during the pandemic operations had also “decreased significantly” and only collected 24,558 tons last year, compared with 71,450 in the previous year. Between 12-15% of the slots resulted in no-shows.