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Fly-tipping affects two-thirds of farmers

Last updated: 13 Apr 2014

We all love the great British countryside, and spoiling the view is a crime.

David King_275_208Fly-tipping is continuing to be a major problem for farmers across the country and this Easter it is the new focus of the NFU’s Love Your Countryside campaign which launched last year.

Take a look at some of your experiences of fly-tipping.

In England alone during 2012/13 there were 711,000 incidents of fly-tipping with a case occurring every 44 seconds. It’s estimated around two thirds of farmers are affected by fly-tipping. Items that are routinely dumped include old fridges, chairs, mattresses, tyres and contaminated waste, with farmers and landowners then left to pay the clean-up bill. A previous study revealed the cost of clearing fly-tipped waste from agricultural land was around £47m.

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Farmer stories

Read more from these farmers who have had problems with fly-tipping on their farms.

Jason Coad who farms in the South West, has had a thousand tyres, 100 empty gin bottles and a mini rockery wishing well dumped on his farm in the past. Read more...

Hertfordshire farmer, Bill Barr, has had ongoing fly-tipping problems for years. Read more...

David King's farmland on the Cambridgeshire/Suffolk border is a regular target for fly-tippers in the East Anglia region. Read more...

Russell Toothill runs the family farm in Yorkshire and has experienced a wealth of crime related problems including fly-tipping. Read more...

The Enville Estate in the West Midlands suffers fly-tipping incidents on a weekly basis. Read more...

The Essington Fruit Farm near Wolverhampton has experienced problems with fly-tipping. Read more...

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Show your support for the campaign and help share our hints and tips on how to dispose of your rubbish responsibly.

Our friends at NFU Countryside magazine have written a great article about fly-tipping: Blot on the landscape.

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Get your tips on what to do with waste here...

Watch Tripping up Tippers - a great video from the Suffolk Waste Partnership


Here is a photo gallery of fly-tipping problems from around the country.

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People who fly time really have no respect for the countryside and the people who look after it. I caught a gentleman who works in the allied industry emptying his van on one of his customers verges!

Posted By: Mark Yearsley

WE have a byway through the farm, and two travelers sites on our boundary. Perfect for fly-tippers. We get tyres, builders waste, garden waste etc etc. A lot of of it has nothing to do with the travelers, but it is to easy to blame them. The District council are very helpful.

Posted By: J Dixon Smith

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