Calling time on fly-tipping

THE Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is encouraging farmers and landowners in Northumberland to report any waste dumped illegally in gateways, fields and hedgerows over the last couple of weeks so police and councils can measure the scale of the problem.

The Association says fly-tipping in rural areas increases over any holiday period, especially the last week in December and first week in January when households generate more waste than usual because of Christmas and New Year activities 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 and in reality, it is often the private landowner who is left to settle a large clean-up bill and face prosecution.”