Union attacks ‘abysmal’ rate of fly-tip convictions

NFU Cymru has attacked local councils for their lack of action over fly-tipping and what it termed the “abysmally low” rate of convictions for the offence.


The union argued that until councils had a statutory duty to investigate fly-tipping on private and public land, the culprits would not be deterred.


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NFU Cymru’s rural affairs board chairman, Bernard Llewellyn, said the rate of prosecutions was not high enough in Wales.


“Fly-tipping is an issue that impacts on the lives and businesses of many farmers in Wales and we believe it is wholly unfair that farmers have to clear up the mess and pick up the bill for waste illegally dumped on their land.”


““The current rate of prosecution is abysmally low for this offence. Until there is a statutory duty placed on local authorities to investigate fly-tipping and higher rates of prosecution are achieved then, we believe, there will be no deterrent to prevent others taking similar action.”
Bernard Llewellyn, NFU Cymru

“The current rate of prosecution is abysmally low for this offence. Until there is a statutory duty placed on local authorities to investigate fly-tipping and higher rates of prosecution are achieved then, we believe, there will be no deterrent to prevent others taking similar action.”


The Welsh government recently launched a draft strategy to tackle fly-tipping.


As well as calling for stronger action to be taken against fly-tippers, NFU Cymru has responded to the strategy consultation by asking for more practical action to support the farming industry to cope with fly-tipping, including an improved system for reporting and monitoring. It also wants removed a requirement for farmers to register with Natural Resources Wales as a Waste Carrier to dispose of fly-tipped waste. The union is also asking the Welsh government for farmers to be given support to dispose of fly-tipped waste safely and at no cost.


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