Farmers in Essex join forces to tackle illegal fly-tipping

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The removal of waste dumped illegally on a farm could cost the farmer £12,000 in fees

Farmers across Essex have joined forces in a bid to tackle the growing problem of fly-tipping on land owned by farmers.

One farmer, Guy Smith has waste dumped on his farmland roughly every two weeks and neighbouring farmer Matt Swain, from Little Clacton, also had waste dumped on his land during the summer months, which he believes was left by travellers.

The removal of waste dumped illegally on a farm could cost the farmer £12,000 in fees

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The cost of a clean up can run into thousands of pounds for the owner, with one farmer in the Colchester area having to pay out £12,000 to have waste removed from his land that fly-tippers had dumped.

Farming organisations have joined forces to create the Essex Rural Partnership, in a bid to reduce the amount of fly-tipping incidents and to make sure those convicted are brought to justice.

According to the National Farmers Union, over the past few weeks there’s been reports of lorry-loads of waste being dumped at twenty separate locations throughout Essex.

With the launch of the Christmas “blitz”, offenders caught fly-tipping will be handed fixed penalty notices and vehicles will be confiscated and destroyed.

Fly-tipping can be extremely costly for a farmer says the Country Landowners’ Association, with an average tidy up costing around £800.

Farmers want the dumping of legal waste to be made easier for businesses and homeowners, in an effort to stop fly-tipping.

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