Land owners advised on tackling fly tipping

Advice on how to reduce the risks of fly tipping and what can by done by who fall foul of the dumpers despite their best efforts has been published this week.

Produced by the National Fly-Tipping Prevention Group (NFTPG) the guide aims to provide support to victims and potential victims of the problem.

Aimed at land owners and land managers the Tackling Fly-tipping guide is available free of charge on the internet.

The publication of the guide has been timed to correspond with the launch of the NFTPG’s new website, which will provide updates on the organisation’s activities alongside general information on fly tipping and related legislation and developments.

The guide provides information on what landowners should do if they come across fly-tipping, what can be done to help the relevant authorities catch and prosecute the culprits such as taking photographs and tips on how to prevent being a victim of fly-tipping including installing gates and barriers.

Alan D’Arcy, Waste Policy Manager at the Environment Agency and chair of the NFTPG said fly-tipping was more than a nuisance – it is a criminal activity that can cause serious pollution of the environment, can be a risk to human health and can harm wildlife and farm animals. It also spoils our local neighbourhoods and quality of life.

“Over one million fly-tipping incidents were recorded in 2005/06 across England and Wales, costing an estimated £100m in total to clean up,” he said.

“It is seen as a major problem by over three-quarters of landowners and affects many farmers at some time in their life.

“This highlights the scale of the problem, which can have great financial impacts on landowners when they are victims of this illegal waste dumping. However, there are steps landowners can take to prevent and deal with fly-tipping on their land.”

The National Fly-tipping Prevention Group (NFTPG) is chaired by the Environment Agency and brings together diverse organisations concerned with fly-tipping including Government departments and groups which represent landowners and land managers such as Network Rail and the NFU.

Sam Bond

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