FARMERS are encouraging people to ‘love their countryside’ as the fight continues against fly-tipping.
It comes as the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), based in Petersfield, is backing a joint campaign by The News and local authorities to curb a fly-tipping problem blighting parts of the area including Havant, East Hampshire and Chichester district.
The NFU has said there is a fly-tipping case every 44 seconds in England. Last year there were 711,000 incidents.
An estimated two-thirds of farmers are affected by fly-tipping – and a study revealed the cost of clearing fly-tipped waste from agricultural land was around £47m.
It comes after The News reported that a total of 1,173 incidents were recorded in Havant borough in 2012/2013 – up a quarter from 930 incidents the previous year.
In the same year, 257 incidents were reported in East Hampshire and 499 in Chichester district.
Havant Borough Council leaders want fly-tipping cut by half this year.
Minette Batters, NFU deputy president, said: ‘Fly-tipping on private land remains a significant problem for farmers and landowners who are left frustrated when they, the victims of a crime, are left to clear up dumped waste and then made to pay to dispose of it.
‘This waste is not only unsightly, it is a danger to human health, livestock and wildlife and in some cases can pollute watercourses and contaminate land.
‘We want homeowners to be more responsible for their actions.’
The NFU is urging people to take household waste to recycling centres. Items such as fridges can be arranged for collection by local councils.
If anyone collects waste from your house, they should be a registered waste carrier. People should ask for their waste carrier number and a receipt which includes the business address.
To report fly-tipping in East Hampshire or Winchester call 0300 300 0013.
Incidents can be reported to Havant council online at havant.gov.uk/ report-it or on (023) 9244 6019.
Photographs can also be submitted online as part of the new initiative.
To report fly-tipping in Chichester, call 01243 534598 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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