The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is encouraging farmers and landowners in the South East to report waste dumped illegally in gateways, fields and hedgerows over the Christmas season so local police forces can measure the scale of the problem.
The Association said fly-tipping in rural areas increases over
any holiday period, especially Christmas when households
generate more waste than usual and the days are shorter and
CLA South East Regional Director Robin Edwards said: “Waste dumped illegally can contaminate land and rivers and threaten livestock and wildlife.
“If caught, fly-tippers could receive a custodial sentence and be fined up to £50,000. In reality, it is the private landowner who is left to settle a large clean-up bill and face prosecution.
“The CLA is lobbying Government to create a new ticketing scheme that would enable landowners to take fly-tipped rubbish to their local tip free of charge. A successful pilot scheme along these lines is currently up and running in Suffolk, proving this is a viable solution.”
The CLA’s action plan to tackle environmental crime calls for the Government to ensure local authorities can accept fly-tipped waste without charge to landowners; an end to the prosecution of landowners who have waste dumped on their land and have to pay to remove it, and the creation of the right policy framework for local authorities to work with police forces on a zero-tolerance approach to the perpetrators.
Elsewhere, the Campaign to Protest Rural England has sent s a New Year’s message to supermarket chiefs: Make a resolution to support the countryside.
It says supermarkets need to do more to encourage better management of our landscapes, support local food producers, and pay farmers a fair price for the food they produce. The three key steps the CPRE would like to see them take are: sourcing, stocking, and promoting more foods that contribute towards managing our landscape and its wildlife; supporting local food producers by stocking more local food; and taking fully into account the cost of production when it comes to paying farmers their produce.