New flytipping group target Spalding grot spot
The new Flytipping Watch Spalding group held its first community litter pick at the weekend.
They targeted the Stumps Lane area on Saturday and the hard work of members of the public, armed with bags and pickers, paid off as they carried out an exceptional transformation.
Rubbish found included a push chair, a tent, a child's car seat, rubble, tyres and much more.
Flytipping Watch founder Mark Douglass said: “The first community clean up in Spalding was a huge success, with a known grot spot targeted and hit hard.
"A huge thanks to the half dozen members of the public who came and supported us, and special thanks to the guys from Hollyoaks Landscaping who kindly donated their time, and vehicles, to support us.
"This is the first litter pick and what a result. We hope to build a strong team of community pickers.”
Initially launched in Boston in November 2018, Mark and his team launched the Spalding group on Facebook in January 2019, and, currently has just over 300 members. Mark is looking for voluntary area leaders to assist in the day to day running of the group, and if you’re interested, please get in touch using the Flytipping Watch Facebook page – fb.com/flytippingwatch
The launch of Flytipping Watch has seen an increase in members of the public raising their hand to fight litter, with more and more heading out into their neighbourhoods to fight off litter and pick up rubbish.
Sadly, a matter of days after a voluntary group litter picked a local reserve with 36 bags of rubbish, fly tipping occurred, leaving loft insulation and broken down remains of household furniture.
Speaking of this, Mark said: “It’s deeply saddening to see the hard work of our dedicated volunteers disregarded by the careless and irresponsible deposits of waste, not only spoiling our beloved countryside, but also impeding efforts to encourage tourism to the area.
"We are working hard with South Holland District Council to tackle these issues, and, as a team, we are very grateful for their ongoing support and commitment to this fight, and their timely response when notified of a waste deposit.”
The aim of the project is not to create an army of keyboard warriors – the Boston group recently embarked on its second community litter-clean and a number of people have been fined as a result of action taken by the local authority.
Flytipping Watch has recently been working with Boston-based design firm Quinstone UK, to further enhance it’s appearance. A range of car stickers have been produced and this week, a new website has also been launched, featuring a directory of local waste disposal contractors, who are authorised by the Environment Agency to collect your unwanted waste.
You can join the Flytipping Watch Spalding & Local group by searching for them on Facebook, or by visiting the new website – www.flytippingwatch.co.uk
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