Deepings and Bourne area told to beware of 'unscrupulous' waste collectors blamed for fly-tipping
Families in the Deepings and Bourne are being warned about "unscrupulous operators' offering to take rubbish, only for it to be dumped illegally in the countryside.
South Kesteven District Council (SKDC) is asking households and businesses in both towns, as well as surrounding villages, to play their part in tackling fly-tipping.
A total of 275 fly-tipping incidents were reported across the SKDC area in February, March and April, most of which the council believes were preventable of people used only licensed waste carriers.
Dr Peter Moseley, SKDC's cabinet member for commercial and operations, said: "These are difficult times and I am very aware of all the challenges people are facing during the lockdown.
"However, these measures are in place to protect public health and save lives and should not be seen as an excuse to fly-tip.
"As well as being illegal, fly-tipping is also disrespectful of others and a blight on our environment.
SKDC is reminding people of their legal duty of care to check that anyone they use to remove rubbish from their home is a licensed waste carrier.
Dr Moseley said: "There may be unscrupulous operators, particularly in the current circumstances, looking to take advantage of lockdown restrictions and catch people off their guard.
"Social media is often used to advertise rubbish collection for cash. Unless residents have seen the advertiser's waste carriers licence issued by the Environment Agency, and are satisfied how their waste will be disposed of, they should not use these services as there is a chance their rubbish will be fly-tipped."