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The British countryside is beautiful at this time of year – with clear, crisp days offering walkers stunning views across farm land.

What to do if you see illegal fly-tipping | How to dispose of unwanted waste

Sadly, this image of an iconic wonderland is all too often shattered by illegal fly tipping, blighting the landscape and impacting on farmers, who have to spend time and money to get rubbish removed.

Shockingly, two thirds of all farms are affected, with 900,000 incidents of fly-tipping across England last year – a five per cent increase from 2015.

Rubbish is dangerous to human health, harmful to wildlife and livestock, and in some cases, pollutes watercourses and contaminates land.

And with rural tourism contributing £130 million to the nation’s economy, we believe more needs to be done to protect the countryside.

While farmers and landowners do all they can, but worryingly fly-tippers are intent on breaking the law, and think nothing of cutting padlocks, breaking gates and smashing cameras.

To help raise awareness of the issue, we joined forces with Keep Britain Tidy earlier this month by taking part in the campaign’s annual conference, calling for improved partnership working on prevention, clean up and prosecution.

If you notice illegal fly-tipping, please help us by:

  • Reporting cases to your local authority. The more quickly cases are reported, the better the chance of catching the culprits
  • Calling the police using the non-emergency number, 101
  • For large scale or hazardous fly-tipped waste, contacting the Environment Agency on 0800 807060.

Need help to dispose of unwanted waste? Here are our top tips:

  • Give away what you don’t need through Freecycle
  • Donate unwanted goods to charity or local community furniture projects. Some will even offer a collection service
  • Take it to your local household waste recycling centre – visit your local authority’s website for details
  • Arrange for your council to collect large items from your house. If you use a private provider, make sure they are a registered waste carrier. Ask for their waste carrier number and a receipt which includes a business address – then phone 03708 506506 to check their status


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  • Posted by: SamPosted on: 19/02/2017 13:16:46

    Comment: Our local council only permits 12 visits a year if you have a pickup truck. You have to be registered, name address, car reg, VIN and council tax number to get said permit and it's only one per household. Although my L200 is my family car not a works vehicle I have to appy. My friend who drives a Nissan pathfinder doesn't and with the seats down can actually get more in! So it's not easy taking things to local recycling centre! Plus ours is also closed 2 days a week to cut costs!
  • Posted by: Sue atterPosted on: 19/02/2017 13:50:19

    Comment: Fly-tipping is disgusting, and the penalties for offenders should be greater. People say they 'did not know that their waste was going to be disposed of improperly' - but by now they all should know to check the waste carriers licence is valid before they allow anyone to dispose of their waste. Also if someone offers to do this job for a ridiculously low figure, and cannot show a waste carriers licence, then they must realise that everything is not above board?
  • Posted by: Roger LambePosted on: 19/02/2017 16:54:26

    Comment: 8 years ago i reported some old tyres dumpy by my field i got in touch with the local council told it private it land then whet though to the environment agency told then about the 100 tyres and was told if there was if it less then 10 tons not interested then and then pass it to highways agency and got pass a round then some one call back 3 days later it cost to much money to move. so wear do you go or just stick your head in the sand and northing a bout it it still there to day. what is there,
  • Posted by: David WoodPosted on: 19/02/2017 17:33:11

    Comment: If trade access to waste disposal sires was free then there would be no excuse to fly tip. The cost of clearing the fly tipping and the loss of revenue from trade waste disposal payments makes this proposition a no brainer surely?
  • Posted by: Mrs D BowlerPosted on: 19/02/2017 18:30:15

    Comment: This really need's putting right now, before some one dumps on a pathway to a home, stopping emergency services reaching property's.
  • Posted by: Heather MartinPosted on: 02/06/2017 11:39:28

    Comment: In our locality most of the beautiful hedgerows have been flattened. The fly tippers just drive over the edge of the field. We need to reinstate our hedgerows as protection for the land. Not to mention the other, myriad, benefits.
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