CLA warns rural landowners and farmers amid rise in fly-tipping crime
The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has warned farmers and land owners throughout the country, but especially in the east of England, to be extra vigilant as fly-tippers target rural land for the disposal of large quantities of waste.
The warning comes after 6.5 tonnes of waste was removed from privately owned land in Swallow by West Lindsey District Council, and the Environment Agency cleared vast amounts of illegally dumped rubbish in Brigg last year.
The increase has been attributed to organised groups who perform illegal waste activity and are purposefully seeking out rural land, often in secluded areas, to dump their rubbish. According to CLA, these groups often appear to be legitimate waste disposal businesses, even operating from commercial premises and holding all the necessary permits.
CLA’s East regional director, Ben Underwood, said: “They offer cash to store the waste, but, once the site is full, they leave landowners with a rather large pile of waste – for which they believed there was a licence – to dispose of at their own expense.”
Ben Underwood added further that large-scale fly-tipping on rural land is a particularly “serious issue” in the East, especially in the county of Lincolnshire. He claimed that the illegal activity costs the rural business industry £150 million every year, as councils and rural landowners must carry the financial burden of cleaning up the mess, which can amount to £800 per fly-tipping incident, providing it is non-toxic waste.
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