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Don't dump it, bin it

A large proportion of rubbish which is illegally fly-tipped in Boston borough would have been taken away for free by your local friendly binmen.

Bizarrely some residents go to a lot of trouble to bag up household waste, drive it out to some lonely spot out of town and dump it.

But Boston Borough Council will take this rubbish away from outside your property when they empty your bin and send it to the Energy From Waste plant, where it will be burned for electricity generation. That's what happens to all former landfill waste (all that goes into your green wheelie bin).

If your wheelie bin is full the council will take away what it terms "side waste". That's a reasonable amount of excess rubbish that is neither recyclable nor garden waste which you cannot fit into your green bin because it is full.

Bag this up - black sack is best, but any plastic bag will be OK - and leave it at the side of your green bin on your collection day. The council is happy to take small amounts, especially where perhaps residents may have had a party and need to get rid of extra waste as a one-off. If you routinely have excess green bin waste contact the council on 01205 311112 where a member of staff will be happy to advise on waste management and perhaps offer an additional bin as a solution.

Cllr Michael Brookes, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for waste services, said: "It seems absurd that some people go to the extra trouble of fly-tipping this kind of waste when we will take it away from their doorstep.

"We'd much rather do that, even if it is properly bagged excess side waste, than trawl about the countryside clearing up fly-tipping sites. This is extra cost to the council tax payer and we will take enforcement action against residents who fly tip."

George Bernard, the council's environmental services manager, said: "At the same time we'd encourage all residents to do the right thing for themselves, us, their pocket and the environment and recycle as much as they can into their blue bin. The household waste recycling site - the 'tip', on Slippery Gowt Lane in Wyberton, at the end of Marsh Lane - will take a vast array of household waste and will recycle as much of this as possible, and borough council staff will be happy to quote for removal of large volumes of domestic waste (and bulky items) at a reasonable cost, but please ensure that if you use someone else to dispose of your waste they are licenced, otherwise you could be liable should it be disposed of improperly."

In 2012/13 there was a total of 1,405 fly-tipping incidents in the borough. This fell to 939 in 2013/14. In the first six months of 2014/15 there had been 500. Analysis shows that by far the biggest portion of fly-tipped rubbish is ordinary household waste. Construction and garden waste, tyres, white goods and other waste make up the rest.

Boston Borough Council is the founding partner in a radical approach to tackling fly-tipping which involves using final-stage prisoners from HM Prison North Sea Camp to collect fly-tipped waste throughout Boston borough and parts of South Holland.

George said: "The amounts of waste now being recycled or turned into useful compost in Boston borough is a success story. For the first time, this summer, more than half of all waste presented has been recycled or composted. All household waste now has an element of secondary use - be it creating electricity, being recycled into new product or simply creating useful compost. The borough has built up a deserved reputation for presenting high-quality recyclable waste with low levels of contamination by unsuitable waste, but we need to strive to minimise these contaminants to ensure that this continues."

The maximum sentence for someone convicted of fly tipping is a £50,000 fine and a year in prison.