The CLA is encouraging farmers and landowners in the North to report waste dumped illegally in gateways, fields and hedgerows over the Christmas season so local police forces can measure the scale of the problem.
Waste dumped illegally can contaminate land and rivers and threaten livestock and wildlife.
The Association said fly-tipping in rural areas increases over any holiday period, especially Christmas when households generate more waste than usual and the days are shorter and darker.
CLA North Regional Director Dorothy Fairburn said: “Waste dumped illegally can contaminate land and rivers and threaten livestock and wildlife. If caught, fly-tippers could receive a custodial sentence and be fined up to £50,000. In reality, it is the private landowner who is left to settle a large clean-up bill and face prosecution.
“The CLA is lobbying government to create a new ticketing scheme that would enable landowners to take fly-tipped rubbish to their local tip free of charge. A successful pilot scheme along these lines is currently up and running in Suffolk, proving this is a viable solution.”
The CLA’s action plan to tackle environmental crime calls for the Government to ensure local authorities can accept fly-tipped waste without charge to landowners; an end to the prosecution of landowners who have waste dumped on their land and have to pay to remove it, and the creation of the right policy framework for local authorities to work with police forces on a zero-tolerance approach to the perpetrators.
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