As the country enjoys a four-day holiday, spare a thought for farmers and landowners who spend Easter weekend clearing the piles of rubbish carelessly fly-tipped by ‘spring-cleaners’ into their gateways and hedges.
CLA members regularly find themselves landed with people’s furniture, televisions and building waste. Currently, some recycling centres restrict people to one item a week; this means landowners, who are obliged to clear up the mess, are having to make one trip a week—a bath this time, a wash-basin or sofa the next.
The CLA’s south-west director, John Mortimer, explained: ‘Fly-tipping happens all year round, but it hits a peak at this time of year. It’s staggering that people load waste into their car and drive it into the country rather than to a recycling centre.’
The CLA is putting a three-point plan forward to the Government to take action on fly-tipping. It wants them to: ensure that local authorities accept fly-tipped waste without hassle or charge to landowners; stop prosecuting landowners who find themselves with hazardous waste, such as asbestos, dumped on their land and then have to foot the bill for its removal; and persuade local authorities and police to take a zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping.
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