CLA team cleans for the Queen

04 March 2016

The CLA North team rolled up their sleeves to help launch the new Clean for the Queen promotion.

Taking along their litter pickers and bin bags, the team headed out in to nearby Richmond to publicise the campaign, which is calling for community groups, schools and businesses to help tidy up their local area in their constituencies ahead of The Queen’s 90th birthday.

CLA North Regional Director Dorothy Fairburn: said: “This is a small way we can highlight the appalling amount of fly-tipping that takes place around our region.

“I use the A1 regularly on my commute in to work and am particularly disgusted by the mindset that it is acceptable to throw your rubbish out of the car and expect someone else to pick it up.”

The total number of fly-tipping incidents in England has risen by almost 50,000 to 900,000 according to figures from Defra released last year.

According to the CLA, this is only a fraction of the overall cost of clearing up after fly-tippers as these figures do not include any incidents on private land, which farmers and landowners are legally obliged to clear and pay for themselves.

The CLA is now calling for local authorities to be more proactive when it comes to dealing with the-fly-tipping problem.

Miss Fairburn added: “Councils have new powers to seize vehicles suspected of being involved in fly tipping and yet very few vehicles have been seized since the powers were introduced.

“It might seem like a victimless act, but throwing rubbish from a car window or dumping it on a verge could lead to a major problem for a farmer and the food they grow or the animals they care for.”