A mountain of rubbish dumped outside a Lincolnshire village by fly-tippers has caused outrage, with one local calling the litterers ‘scumbags’.
The huge pile of waste larger than two Transit vans was discovered in a lane just outside of Fulbeck near Sleaford on Tuesday.
The revolting-looking mess includes household insulation, plastic, clothing, a deflated football and police cordon line.
Residents said they were disgusted that someone would be so careless to dump the rubbish and pass the effort and expense onto someone else to clear up.
A mountain of rubbish dumped outside Fulbeck near Sleaford, Lincolnshire, village fly-tippers has caused outrage, with one local calling the litterers ‘scumbags’
The pile of rubbish including household insulation, plastic, clothing, a deflated football and police cordon line was discovered on Tuesday
Tina Clarke said: ‘Jeez thats like a tipper truck full! Utter scumbags, I hope they are dealt with properly, a little fine is NOT good enough.’
Michelle Stubbs wrote: ‘Scum that do this it’s our beautiful countryside for heaven’s sake haven’t you learned anything.’
Val Marsden commented ‘how ghastly’, while Eve Thompson wrote ‘disgusting’ and Jackie Jacks added ‘shocking’.
Margaret Thompson said: ‘That’s disgusting hope you find out who dumped it and prosecute them.’
Fly-tipping reporting app ClearWaste Tweeted: ‘This massive, disgusting fly-tip has just been discovered in Fulbeck in #Lincolnshire.
‘It will cost the local council thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money to clear away.’
South Kesteven District Council has been alerted and is tracking down the fly-tippers.
The authority said: ‘We’re aware of this substantial fly-tip near Fulbeck and are investigating for evidence before we clear it away.
‘Thank you for reporting this – if you see tipped rubbish, or can help our investigation into this incident, call us on 01476 406080 – thank you.
‘Always check your waste carrier is legal and registered via 03708 506506.’
Wheat farmer Andrew Ward was heartbroken to find this massive three lorryload pile of waste dumped on a country lane at his farm in Leadenham, Lincolnshire
He called on the government to take action and accused them of not caring as this doesn’t happen in London. He also called on MP Dr Caroline Johnson to get involved
Fly-tipping cases in nearby Boston, Lincolnshire, have more than doubled during the lockdown period, according to Boston Borough Council.
There were 798 cases between March and the end of June this year compared with 342 during the same period last year.
In June this year alone, there were 254 cases compared to 68 in June 2019.
Chris Allen Head of Environmental Services Boston Borough Council said: ‘The Covid outbreak has definitely had an impact.
Has fly-tipping surged during the UK’s coronavirus crisis?
As tips kept their gates locked during lockdown, fly-tipping is feared to have surged by 300 per cent as a ‘wave of rubbish’ blighted England’s green and pleasant land.
Analysis of reports to councils by the universities of Southampton and Portsmouth between March and April suggested the rise.
Fly-tip monitoring app ClearWaste said it had seen a 75 per cent rise in reports, and West Oxfordshire District council revealed it had dealt with three times the normal number of incidents.
Experts have warned that people were loading cars with rubbish and, upon finding tips closed, simply dumping it on the way home.
ClearWaste manager Martin Montague also said he had heard of people buying second-hand fridges, filling them with waste, and dumping them by the roadside.
Fly-tipping rose in the UK last year, where national figures show an eight per cent increase.
‘There’s been a lot more people at home generating more waste, more DIY, clearing out gardens, sheds and attics. We’ve definitely seen an increase in the volume of waste.’
The mountain of rubbish is the latest in a series of high profile examples of increased fly-tipping during lockdown, with a farmer in nearby Leadenham calling for government action after discovering more piles of waste earlier this week.
Wheat farmer Andrew Ward was heartbroken to find at least three lorryloads of industrial waste abandoned on a road he uses to get to his fields in Lincolnshire.
He was devastated to find a heap of rubbish including a dragon, child’s bike and the roof of a garden shed blocking access to a neighbour’s field less than half a mile away.
Fly-tipping in England surged by a staggering 300 per cent during lockdown, research by the universities of Southampton and Portsmouth showed, as tips kept their gates bolted for almost three months.
Horrifying heaps of waste including car tyres, clothes, suitcases and doors were pictured scourging the countryside in Newport, Wales, in April this year.
Cardboard, rubble and bits of plastic all made up the enormous heap dumped in Lincolnshire.
Filming the devastation, Mr Ward said: ‘The government don’t see this type of thing, this doesn’t appear in London.
‘They don’t understand and I don’t know whether they care about what’s going on in the countryside. We don’t need words anymore, we need action.
‘This is not your local one man and a van turns up to a house. This is three lorryloads of commercial, industrial waste.
‘If I ever find out where that came from it will be straight back on their doorstep. It’s beyond comprehension – it’s deplorable people think this is acceptable. There’s butterflies, birds and bees around here, and people walk their dogs too.’
Mr Ward owns more than 700 hectares of land, and was made an MBE in 2014 for services to farming resilience. He appealed to their local MP Dr Caroline Johnson to take up the issue with the government.
The local council has been to survey the three truckload tip, he said, and are making plans to remove it.
Fly-tipping in Britain has surged by almost 300 per cent since lockdown, according to a study. Pictured above is waste abandoned in Leeds, West Yorkshire
A university analysis of fly-tipping this year said that there were few facilities available to take on extra waste, with tips shuttered and charity shops unable to take in clothes, leading to a surge in illegal dumping.
A website where people report fly-tipping, Clearwaste, said it had seen a 75 per cent surge in reports of dumping beside roads and in green areas during lockdown.
Its manager Martin Montague told the BBC that he had heard of people buying second hand fridges during the pandemic shopping rush, filling them with waste, and dumping them.
Officials said many were taking rubbish to recycling centres but, upon finding it closed, were simply dumping it outside on the way home.
Councillors siad people are dumping waste, like this in Leeds, when they find tips are closed
Above is fly-tipping in Collyhurst, Manchester (left) and Sherbourne, Dorset (right)
Fly-tipping in England surged by eight per cent last year with more than one million incidents, but the figure for 2020 is expected to be even higher.
Nearly two-thirds of fly-tips involved household waste, said DEFRA.
Responding to this year’s fly-tipping in the UK, a spokesman said: ‘Fly-tipping blights communities, spoils our countryside, and poses a risk to human health and the environment.
‘We all have a role to play in keeping our environment clean and now more than ever people must work together to support their communities during this challenging time.’