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NFU welcomes Defra’s fly tipping crackdown

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Here is the weekly Word on the Ground column, this week written by NFU county adviser for Holland (Lincs) Johanna Musson...

Defra announced a long-overdue crackdown on fly tipping this month. Since the start of the pandemic, farmers and landowners have been plagued by
increases in fly tipping, sometimes on an industrial scale.

Fly tipping not only affects farmers’ efforts to produce food and care for the environment, but is also taking a huge toll emotionally, financially and impacting on mental health. It blights many rural communities and costs up to £392million a year.

Johanna Musson, NFU county advisor for Lincs (51628323)
Johanna Musson, NFU county advisor for Lincs (51628323)

The announcement focuses on immediate and longer-term actions to reduce the problem, including:

  • Households will no longer have to pay to get rid of DIY waste – the rules currently allow some local authorities to charge for DIY waste from households. This will now change meaning they can get rid of plasterboards, bricks and bath units.
  • Call for evidence on the use of recycling centres’ booking systems – there is some concern that the booking system brought in during the pandemic could be making it harder for people dispose of their waste.
  • Council grants totalling £450,000 to be awarded to fund trial projects – the funding will allow councils to bid for 11 grants of between £25,000 and £50,000 to implement projects to tackle fly-tipping.

The NFU have been calling for urgent action for a long time and welcome the new measures. It will hopefully go some way in helping curb the issues which are extremely costly and time-consuming to remove, are dangerous to human health and harmful to wildlife and livestock.

Tackling fly-tipping is a key issue for us and something that many farmers face.

We have a range of advice on how to best deal with it on www.nfuonline.com/updates-and-information/advice-how-to-deal-with-fly-tipped-waste

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