New campaign aims to combat scourge of fly-tipping
Farm leaders are backing a new campaign aimed at reducing the amount of waste dumped in the countryside.
It comes as new figures show that fly-tipping incidents are on the rise – with more rubbish being illegally dumped in rural areas. The figures have prompted farmers and landowners to call for more action to tackle the problem.
Local authorities dealt with 936,000 fly-tipping incidents in 2015/16, according to the latest government statistics. This represents a 4% per cent increase over 2014/15, with statistics suggesting more offenders are choosing rural locations to dump their rubbish.
Different types of waste dumped during a typical week were highlighted by a mock fly-tip at Bircherley Green shopping centre in Hertford last month. The aim was to remind people they have a legal ‘duty of care’ to check they are only giving waste to a registered waste carrier.
‘Crime not to care’
The fly-tip was assembled by East Herts Council, in conjunction with environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, to help publicise the start of a national Crime Not To Care campaign. The initiative is being backed by the NFU.
NFU Hertfordshire representative Will Dickinson said: “We welcome this campaign. Latest figures show fly-tipping incidents in Hertfordshire are running at 40 per day – and these are just the cases that are reported. The true extent of the problem is much greater.
“Hertfordshire’s beautiful countryside must not be used as a dumping ground. This waste is unsightly, it can pose a danger to wildlife and livestock, pollute watercourses and contaminate land. It is costing farmers and landowners time and money to clear up.”
Incidents of fly-tipping on footpaths and bridleways increased by 8% during the year compared to a 6.7% decline in the number of incidents involving back alleyways. Some 67% of fly-tips involved household waste, an increase of 65% from 2014/15.
Mr Dickinson said: “We would urge the public to ensure their household waste is taken away by a registered carrier and that they get a receipt. If not, they run the risk of being prosecuted if any dumped waste is traced back to them.”
One third of all incidents consisted of a quantity of material equivalent to a small van load. The second largest size category for fly-tipping incidents was a ‘car boot’, which accounted for 29% of total incidents by size.