Waste of South Holland council tax payers money: £45,000 spent on clearing up fly-tipping
Council tax payers in South Holland have spent more than £40,000 last year in clearing up the mess left by "selfish" fly-tippers.
South Holland District Council has spent £45,386 in taking away and tidying up a total of 593 incidents of fly-tipping between January and September last year.
Last week, members of the cabinet have recommended that the district share of the council tax bill will be increased.
Portfolio holder for Place, Coun Roger Gambba-Jones say the money spent on fly-tipping have been put to a better use for the district.
He said: "The tax payer is spending money unnecessarily clearing up after selfish and irresponsible individuals and this money could be better spent somewhere else doing good."
In figures provided by the council to this paper, show that waste teams had cleared up 259 incidents between January and March last year.
The council spent £21,925 on the costs of clearing up and disposing of the waste during that three-month period.
While there were 171 incidents between April and June. This cost rate-payers £11,799.
A further £11,662 was spent on clearing and disposing of the waste collected in 163 incidents between July and September.
Coun Gambba-Jones said: "It is incredibly frustrating to have to spend tax payers money in simply clearing up tax payers money in simply collecting rubbish.
"It is unproductive, it is frustrating and ultimately it is unnecessary.
"If people were behaving responsibly and think about the environment and quality of life for their neighbours and residents.
"They are selfish and many of them are criminals and as we know criminals do not care for other people."
Sofas, bath tubs and carpets have been some of the things cleared up by the council along with paint tins, window frames, mattresses, and fencing.
Large domestic waste can be disposed of at the Household Waste Recycling Cenre to the council runs a bulky waste collection service.
People are asked to report via the council's website or tagging them into any social media posts.
The council is part of a SCRAP Fly-tipping campaign which is running across the county and Pride initiative to ensure the area looks good.
Last week, David Nieburg along with daughters Tabi (14) and Amber (11) collected 12 bags of rubbish and seven tyres in a litter pick in Pode Hole.