16 September 1997
Farmers need help to swat fly-tipping

SEVENTY per cent of farmers have experienced illegal fly-tipping on their land, according to a survey released today.

The type of rubbish dumped on farming land varies from garden and household waste, builders rubble, burnt-out cars, old tyres and household appliances such as old fridges and washing machines.

Half the farmers questioned took the rubbish to their local landfill sites themselves, costing both time and money, in some cases up to £1000.

The survey, carried out by the National Farmers Union, showed that more than one-third of farmers had more than 10 separate incidents of fly-tipping on their land per year. It also found that fly-tipping and theft of farm equipment were the two crimes most commonly affecting farmers.

In a bid to stem fly-tipping, the NFU Countryside and the Tidy Britain Group have joined forces to promote the Countryside Offensive campaign, which will call on all members of the community to help clean-up the countryside over a four-day period between October 3-6.