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'Uncontrollable' fly-tipping on the rise

Fly-tipping incidents are so bad in some areas that farmers are having to pay for removal. 


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The Otley farm was covered in plastic recycling waste.
The Otley farm was covered in plastic recycling waste.
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Rising costs of waste disposal leaves countryside dumped with rubbish

Cost implications to remove fly-tipping from farmland are increasingly high

Rising costs of waste disposal have seen uncontrollable amounts of waste dumped on farmland.

 

Rural affairs specialists Bruton Knowles said the condition was so bad in some areas farmers are having to foot the bill to dispose of the waste.

 

Defra said up to 900,000 fly-tipping incidents were dealt with by local authorities in England during 2014/15.

 

Bruton Knowles is advising landowners that they are liable for any waste that is fly-tipped on their land and could be at risk of prosecution if they do not clear it away.

 

The incidents were suggested to have been triggered by reduced hours at council tips, the rising costs of dumping trade waste and the reduced frequency in domestic collections.

 

Will Nell from Bruton Knowles said it was an increasing issue that poses risks to local wildlife, livestock and the environment.


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"It smells absolutely putrid. I have never seen anything like it."

- Otley Farmer

“It costs a good deal of money to clear up and if there are any contaminated materials involved then the cost implication as well as health issues are very high.

 

“Waste material could also include glass, metal and other items which could pose a problem to walkers, farm workers and wildlife.”

 

‘Awful mess’

An Otley farmer experienced a similar incident when he had tonnes of waste plastic recycling dumped in his fields on Saturday morning (September 24).

 

He said the tipped waste meant he had to ‘shut away’ his livestock that usually graze on the field.

 

“There is a lot of waste plastic from recycling,” he said. “It has blocked access to the field I use on a daily basis.

 

“It smells absolutely putrid. I have never seen anything like it.”

 

NFU Boston Spa and Harrogate group secretary Samantha Webster urges farmers to remain vigilant and make sure all gates are locked, especially after harvest.

 

“Any incidents of fly tipping however big or small please report to the police or crimestoppers on 0800 555 111and the local authority.”

 

Report a fly-tipping incident to the NFU here.

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