Fly-tipping is a menace that is blighting the countryside and the lives of those who live and work in it. The CLA lobbying team launched a campaign alongside Farmers Weekly last August to highlight this often-ignored problem. Statistics have shown that it isn’t a small issue, with more than a million incidents of fly-tipping in 2016-2017.
One of the largest frustrations felt by landowners and farmers is that the penalties handed out to those caught fly-tipping do not reflect the seriousness of the damage caused to land. With only one in 600 incidents of fly-tipping leading to a prosecution, and the most common punishment being a fixed penalty fine of less than £400. This is simply not good enough, especially when the average cost to clean up a fly-tipping incident is £800, and it can be much more than this.
The CLA is advocating that if the landowner removes the waste from their land, they should then be able to dispose of it free of charge at a local authority disposal site. As it stands currently, landowners affected by a fly-tipping incident can be subject to prosecution if the waste is not removed quickly enough. With almost two-thirds of farmers and landowners affected each year, with some targeted multiple times each month, we need to take stronger action against this serious crime.
If you have suffered from fly-tipping on private land, we would urge you to write to your local MP about the problem. If politicians do not know about the problem and how it affects landowners, they are unlikely to understand the extent and impact of this crime.
FLY-TIPPING FIVE POINT PLAN
The CLA has set out a five-point action plan for how government, farmers, landowners, and rural communities can work together to fight back. Read the full action plan here