Council seeks community volunteers to transform alley dumps

North East Lincolnshire Council is looking to dispose of litter in its own wards.

Clear It is a new pilot project to help communities safely clear an alley or open space in their neighborhood.

The program is for people who live in neglected alleys or plots of land that suffer from fly tipping.

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Anyone interested can complete an online application form here by the end of February.

How it works?

With Clear It, the voluntary community clearance program, the Council aims to help communities come together, safely clear an alley or open space in their area, and improve community pride.

Volunteers will take responsibility for removing litter from a lane or patch of land and Council staff will assist in disposing of it.

The Council will also provide equipment such as gloves, waste collectors, brushes, bin bags, shovels and large bins.

The agents will organize a site meeting with the successful candidates to assess the site, the amount of waste and agree on a date for the work.

Cllr Stewart Swinburn, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport, said: ‘We are launching this new scheme to help people who want to come together and remove illegally dumped waste from a neglected lane or plot of land. which does not belong to the Council.

“We would like to see these types of spaces given a fresh start so that they become vibrant places for the community to enjoy and make better use of.

“Liverpool Community Volunteers started a similar project where they cleaned up the mess and the Council took away the rubbish.

“They’ve turned their alleyways from dumpsites to community gardens and safe places for kids to play, wouldn’t it be great to see that here?”

“If you want to clear a lane or neglected piece of land, please use the online application form at”

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Cllr Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for Safer and Stronger Communities, added, “Our new Clear It program gives people the opportunity to work with their neighbors and take ownership of their shared space.

“It’s something we’ve wanted to introduce for a few months but had to put on hold due to the disruption caused by Covid.

“We sympathize with the people whose lives are affected by the mess left in their lanes, but these are private property and it is not the Council’s job to keep them clean.

“Not all neighborhoods have lanes, so to make the program fair and open to all parts of the borough, we are including plots of land that are not part of Council’s regular street cleaning duties. These may be areas where the owner cannot be traced or where it is unclear who is responsible.

“We’re ready to help those who are getting organized and putting plans in place to try to repurpose their lane or a neglected piece of land after helping them by clearing the rubbish.”

Visit the Clear It website for more details. If you have any questions about the program please email [email protected]

What can I do if my application is unsuccessful?

There are other options for those who want to clear their lane.

You could work with your neighbors and clean up the mess together. If there are clearance fees, these could be shared with other neighbors. It’s a great way to make your shared space your own. Please contact the Council for advice before doing so by emailing [email protected]

Community Recycling Centers – Household waste can be dropped off free of charge at our two Community Recycling Centers. In certain circumstances, we may give community groups passes to use landfills for waste they remove from lanes. Please contact the Council for advice on this by emailing [email protected]

Private Demining Company – You can pay a private company to clean up the trash and dispose of it for you, but make sure they are licensed to take it. Waste hauler licenses are issued by the Environment Agency. You can check approved waste haulers here or by calling the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506.

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