20 Tonnes Of Commercial Waste Dumped On UK Farm
A district council is investigating after 20 tonnes of commercial waste was fly-tipped into a farmer's field.
The 10ft mound of commercial waste was dumped into a field in Norton Disney, Lincolnshire, with farmer Andrew Ward calling for the government to take more action with fly-tippers.
The waste was unloaded in the field during the night on Monday, but the BBC reports that North Kesteven District council is also investigating another incident where three lorry loads of waste were dumped at a farm in nearby Leadenham.
Ward has posted a video on social media showing the huge mound of rubbish, which he says has blocked access to one of his fields, which sits near the A17.
"I'm stood next to our latest episode of fly-tipping," he said.
"You can see here it's on an absolutely huge scale. This is not your local one-man-in-a-van who turns up to a house. This is probably three lorry loads of commercial, industrial waste."
Ward added: "It's just ridiculous that we have to put up with this type of activity in the countryside. What on Earth is wrong with people?"
The farmer said his local council know about the incident and came to look at the mound the day previously, but said he wanted 'more than that now'.
"We want action from the government," he said.
"The government don't see this type of thing. This does not appear in London. They don't understand and I don't know whether they care what's going on in the countryside.
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"We don't need words anymore, we need action."
Later in the video, Ward also showed another mound of waste around half a mile away from the first, which he said was also blocking one of his neighbour's fields.
Zooming in on the heap, he said there was 'a lot of soil, a child's trike, toys' and what looked like 'the roof from a garden shed'.
An appeal from NKDC reads: "Did you see a mass of plastics waste on its way to being dumped at Norton Disney overnight?
"NKDC is appealing for information in relation to this fly-tip. If you have any CCTV or dash cam footage in relation to this incident - perhaps if it was briefly transported along the A17, A46 or other routes - please contact the Environmental Protection Team at NKDC01529 414155 or [email protected] or PM us [on Facebook] and reference EP/637893."
According to the BBC, neighbouring Boston Borough Council in Lincolnshire said incidents of fly-tipping had increased by almost four times during lockdown, with 254 cases in June compared with 68 incidents in June 2019.
Chris Allen from Boston Borough Council said: "There's been a lot more people at home generating more waste, more DIY, clearing out gardens, sheds and attics. We've definitely seen an increase in the volume of waste."
North Kesteven District Council has also appealed for dashcam or CCTV footage to help its investigation.
Featured Image Credit: North Kesteven District Council