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Fly-tippers: Spalding Facebook group are watching you

A clean-up campaigner has launched a Facebook group for the Spalding area with the aim of stamping out fly-tipping.

Mark Douglass (44) opened his first group in Boston in November and nearly 700 people have signed up.

Some 130 have joined the Spalding group in the last few days, reporting waste dumped in spots including Spalding's West Marsh Road, Holbeach, Pinchbeck and Moulton Seas End.

Campaigner Mark Douglass has brought his fly-tipping watch group to Spalding.
Campaigner Mark Douglass has brought his fly-tipping watch group to Spalding.

Eventually, Mark aims to have groups covering the whole of Lincolnshire - and recruit so many members that fly-tippers are deterred from blighting our streets and the countryside.

Mark said: "An army of volunteers watching our streets and lanes will increase the chances of (fly-tippers) being caught and fined.

"The mark one eyeball is better than any CCTV camera."

Mark says partnership working with local councils is essential but the Facebook group - Flytipping Watch Spalding & Local- makes it easier for residents to act - all they need to do is post pictures and details of where the waste and he will do the rest.

The Boston group is holding its second major clean-up on February 24 and similar events will be held in the Spalding area once the group grows.

Mark said: "It was very clear from the outset that the real advantage of using a social media group was that old adage, 'A picture paints a thousand words'.

"You can't be litter blind when its staring you in the face on social media - it's no longer a few words spoken between people, everyone gets to see the issue.

Campaigner Mark Douglass clearing up fly-tipped waste with group members in Boston.
Campaigner Mark Douglass clearing up fly-tipped waste with group members in Boston.

"It also connects people so action can be taken quickly. The Boston group has been the link to numerous fines being issued to offenders, yes offenders as they are committing environmental crime - this litter seeps into are waterways and of course ends up back in our food chain.

"All you have to do is look at the recent news on micro plastics which have been found in the oceans."

Mark says fly-tipping springs from a range of sources, including

illegal or immoral waste removal operators and households who forgot to put the bin out or have an old piece of furniture that they want rid of.

A window sticker for the fly-tip groups.
A window sticker for the fly-tip groups.

Mark is the second clean-up campaigner to hit South Holland in the last month - the first, Spalding businessman Ian Haynes, fired a warning salvo to the district council by telling the authority to clean up or go to court.

Ian has also personally blitzed Spalding streets and organised a clean up of the River Welland last week, helped by volunteers and two water taxis.


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