The farming press is full of the scourge of fly tipping at the moment, particularly the industrial scale truckloads of nothing useful that find their way onto farmland and into the countryside generally, writes Ian Stancer.
It was no great surprise to most of us that when waste gained a negative value, we’d be landed with ever greater heaps of it in our sparsely populated droves. It’s difficult for most civilised people to understand what allows someone to be so ugly-hearted, no matter what the cost of proper disposal. Some dumping seems so futile that there can be no rational explanation, for instance there are the people who sit for a while to have their lunch then simply jettison the resulting packaging waste straight out of the window. Some even take the opportunity to have a minor spring clean inside their vehicle before driving off, happy to have cleansed their own space at the expense of everybody else. I’ve even known this behaviour from people who have a responsibility for looking after or repairing the environment, but why? The council will collect all this type of waste direct from outside our homes week after week; is it really that difficult to take it home?
We also have the habitual ‘environmental decorators’, who seemingly every day travel the same route and launch their waste in some sort of ritual. On my own patch there is a generous soul who enjoys a particular brand of Australian brand lager as there are literally hundreds of shiny blue cans under a 100 metre stretch of hedgerow, and somebody else who favours a Friday treat of a brand of expensive coffee that rhymes with that same lager who targets a particular bush on my home lane. This era has been labelled the ‘throwaway society’; if we could label it the ‘Responsible throwaway society’ the world would be a better place.