£9m bill to collect rubbish across North Lincolnshire
MORE than £9 million has been spent collecting rubbish in North Lincolnshire over the past three years, the Telegraph can reveal.
Nearly 100,000 tonnes of rubbish have been collected by North Lincolnshire Council between the 2009-10 and 2011-12 financial years.
Of this amount, 2,235 tonnes were collected from streets, at a cost of £216,671.
But the amount on the region's streets has nearly halved in the last two years.
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Figures show in 2010-11, the authority collected 1,030 tonnes of rubbish from the streets.
In 2011-12 this fell to 586 tonnes, nearly half the previous year's amount.
Tony Knight, co-ordinator of the Crosby East neighbourhood watch group in Scunthorpe, said he had noticed a drop in rubbish on the streets.
But he said the problem still existed.
Mr Knight, of Mulgrave Street, said: "I have got to agree, there is less rubbish but it is a daily occurrence and it is horrendous.
"It is irresponsible people and I have no doubt it is costing a lot of money.
"But the area is looking better than it ever was.
"We are seeing less rubbish on the streets and it is a good service by the council."
In 2011-12, the council collected a total of 33,471 tonnes of rubbish at a cost of £2,396,117.
This is an increase of 919 tonnes on the previous year's collection of 32,552 tonnes, and also cost £850,555 less in total.
North Lincolnshire Council disposes of all the collected rubbish with Biffa Waste Services at Roxby Landfill Site.
The council pays a gate fee to Biffa for the use of its landfill site.
This is in addition to landfill tax to the government at the prevailing rate of £64 per tonne for 2012/13.
The council plans to help clean up the region further and reduce littering by educating residents about the issue.
A North Lincolnshire Council spokesperson said: "The council follows a practical approach of education, information and campaigning before the last resort of enforcement.
"We have an education officer who can support schools, individuals and community groups with talks and presentations.
"Waste professionals attend shows and fetes with a demonstration trailer and exhibits to promote recycling and assist residents to recycle more.
"If there is a need for enforcement the council employs wardens who can issue on the spot fines and officers who can pursue court action in the worst cases."