Dales beauty spots targeted by fly-tippers
FIGURES issued last week show that local authorities in England have issued tens of thousands of fixed-penalty fines to householders for minor offences like leaving their wheelie-bin lids open - but only a few dozen cases of fly-tipping have resulted in prosecution.
Yet fly-tipping has become a major menace for farmers and landowners in recent years because of hefty hikes in charges at municipal tips for dumping builders' rubble, old refrigerators and other electrical items like batteries which need to be recycled to prevent toxic waste. The problem is becoming acute in the Dales where beauty spots are often used to dump garden and building waste.
This is a crime which has resulted in a £10 million clean-up bill in Yorkshire and Humberside alone - and it could get worse as the Government introduces yet more legislation on waste disposal. But a new guide aimed at tackling the ever-growing problem of fly-tipping is now available to landowners and farmers in Yorkshire.
The 'Tackling Fly-tipping' guide, produced by the National Fly-Tipping Prevention Group (NFTPG) - of which the Country Land & Business Association (CLA) is a key member - aims to provide those at risk from fly-tipping with support for preventing and dealing with the problem.
Jane Harrison, regional adviser for the CLA, said: "Over 120,000 fly-tipping incidents were recorded in 2005/6 across Yorkshire and the Humber, costing around £10m in total to clean up. It is seen as a major problem by over three-quarters of landowners and affects many farmers at some time in their life.
"This highlights the scale of the problem, which can have great financial impacts on landowners when they are victims of this illegal waste dumping. However, there are steps landowners can take to prevent and deal with fly-tipping on their land."
Fly-tipping is already a serious problem for many of our members in Yorkshire
Jane Harrison - CLA Adviser
The guide gives landowners advice on what they should do if they come across fly-tipping, what can be done to help catch and prosecute culprits and how to prevent being a victim of fly-tipping.
Jane added: "Fly-tipping is already a serious problem for many of our members in Yorkshire and we are concerned that with government proposals to axe weekly domestic rubbish collections it will soon become an even greater issue."
To obtain a copy of the publication, please visit www.nftpg.org