Fly-tipping is harming rural businesses and environment

A body which represents farmers in the Harborough area has said that fly-tipping is posing a major risk to the industry as well as to the environment.

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA)said cases of fly-tipping have risen by more than 20 per cent in the last two years.

A spokesman for the organisation said: “It is not only the scale of fly-tipping which is worrying landowners – the figures also show that the amount of large scale fly-
tipping involving vans or tipper lorries also increased, although single bag tipping went down.

“The illegal deposit of waste poses risks to local wildlife, farm animals and the environment.

“Landowners are liable for any waste that is fly-tipped on their land and can be prosecuted if they do not clear it away and the costs when large-scale fly-tipping is involved can be significant.”

According to the latest figures, during the last year local authorities across England took action in around 515,000 cases, ranging from investigations and fixed penalty notices to seizure of vehicles.

CLA director South East Robin Edwards said: “We have had reports from many of our members of large-scale fly-tipping taking place across our region, involving the dumping of large household items as well as endless bin bags of rubbish. The latest figures show that the cost to local authorities of fly-tipping was almost £50 million.”