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Farmers back campaign to SCRAP fly-tipping

April 3, 2018 by  
Filed under News & Business

A major campaign has been launched to reduce the number of fly-tipping incidents in Hertfordshire.

The Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group is encouraging Hertfordshire’s residents and businesses to follow the campaign’s SCRAP code, which provides a check list to follow when arranging one-off collections of waste (see below).

During the campaign, farmers will be putting up banners at fly tipping hotspots, using social media to highlight the impact of fly tipping in the countryside and raising awareness at events such as Hertfordshire County Show.

Criminal offence

NFU Hertfordshire representative Will Dickinson said: “Fly tipping is criminal. It is harming Hertfordshire’s beautiful countryside, posing a danger to wildlife and livestock and costing farmers and landowners time and money to clear away.”

The key message of the SCRAP campaign is that the public can make a real difference by ensuring their waste is disposed of responsibly. The initiative is being supported by the NFU in partnership with the police, local authorities and other organisations.

Hertfordshire NFU county adviser Rosalind David said the situation was becoming worse. She added: “Farmers are having to deal with loads of used nappies dumped in fields of crops, waste containing needles and other hazardous waste.”

Criminal offence

More than £1m of taxpayers’ money was spent clearing fly-tips on public land in Hertfordshire and investigating incidents last year. Further rubbish is dumped in lanes and gateways, blocking access to land and buildings and causing disruption for farms.

Duncan Jones, of the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership, said: “Analysis and research shows that approximately two thirds of the fly tipping  incidents reported each year are as a result of normal household waste that has ‘leaked’ from established waste disposal routes.”

Hertfordshire chief constable Charlie Hall said police would continue to tackle the problem. “Fly tipping is a serious concern which can blight our communities across Hertfordshire. It is surprising to see how much fly tipped waste comes from normal households.”

Follow the SCRAP campaign code

Information on the SCRAP code is being sent to homes across the county. It asks people to:

SUSPECT all waste carriers – until they prove themselves legitimate.

CHECK waste carrier’s registration details by calling 03708 506 506

REFUSE unsolicited offers to have rubbish taken away.

ASK for evidence that rubbish will be disposed of appropriately.

PAPERWORK – should be provided including a proper invoice.

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