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Fly Swat total

This massive mound of your recycled material represents the amount of rubbish so far removed from the borough by the Fly Swat team.

The team has collected more than 320 tonnes of dumped rubbish from fly-tip sites - equivalent to a pile like this, amassed at Boston Borough Council's Fen Road refuse-handling depot.

Since November, 2011, the Fly Swat team from HM Prison North Sea Camp, has recovered rubbish from 1,657 sites in the Boston area.

It has included 4,745 bags of domestic rubbish, 2,029 items of other household waste, 1,108 amounts of garden waste, 1,070 tyres, 367 electrical items, 208 amounts of construction waste, 160 oil drums, 129 mattresses, 99 televisions, 85 white goods and 141 amounts of commercial waste. They also found 62 vehicles dumped, seven lots of clinical waste and nine of asbestos.

Some had been dumped as single items, but others made up van loads and even tipper truck loads.

Operation Fly Swat uses manpower from HM Prison North Sea Camp and initially covered the area administered by Boston Borough Council. Now it has taken in the local authority area covered by neighbouring South Holland District Council.

The scheme now encompasses a huge area around The Wash, from north of Boston down to Crowland, near Peterborough, and from Sutton Bridge on the Norfolk border to west of Spalding. Two crews of prisoners, nearing the end of their sentences, now turn out from Monday to Friday to work in the two neighbouring areas as part of their rehabilitation and preparation for life in the community and a return to employment.

Key Operation Fly Swat partners are Boston Borough Council, North Sea Camp, Environment Agency, Black Sluice Internal Drainage Board, Witham Fourth Internal Drainage Board, Lincolnshire County Council, Boston Mayflower (housing association), Longhurst and Havelok Homes (housing association) and South Holland District Council.