Fly-tipping ‘scourge of the countryside’ amid Council Strikes

The Countryside Alliance Ireland is concerned about the impact of excess rubbish generated as strike action at Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Brough Council continues. This will have adverse effects on rural areas, which are likely to fall victim to fly-tippers as households have no means to dispose of their rubbish.

The rural campaigning group are asking the public to remember that fly-tipping is not a victimless crime and has a significant impact on rural areas and wildlife.

If you are having a clear out, please:

Keep your waste at home until you are able to dispose of it legally; or
Use a registered waste carrier; and
Remember, you can be prosecuted for fly-tipping.

With the abundance of rubbish starting to gather we are already hearing reports of rats openly rummaging through bins in Lurgan as public bins have not been emptied for some days. As in the towns fly tipping in the countryside could lead to an increased numbers of vermin.

CAI advise the public to check with other Local authorities if they will permit those from ABC brough council to use their recycling centres.

Gary McCartney, Director of Countryside Alliance Ireland said: “It shouldn’t need saying that driving to dump rubbish at the side of the road or in the countryside will damage rural communities and wildlife. We must also mention are you committing an offence by littering and may face prosecution from the PSNI. The images of fly-tipping, though horrendous, are an all too familiar sight. Please, plan out any household activity that could generate excess amounts of rubbish.

“With no near end to the strike in sight, other local authorities should assess the feasibility of opening recycling centres to help residents to stop infestations of vermin and spread of disease. This approach does seem like the most obvious answer to stopping fly-tipping or a public health disaster, We also can’t risk people filling up a car with rubbish and being turned away only for it to then be dumped elsewhere, illegally because centres refuse those from outside their council area.

He added: “If you need to hire a private refuse collection service, please ensure they are a registered waste collector first. We are fully aware that rogue operators profit from charging cheap fees, who then dump the rubbish in the countryside. They often advertise on social media and offer deals that some find tempting. In reality, this comes at a massive cost to both the environment and tax-payer, while farmers have to pay even more to have the rubbish on their land removed privately. There can never be an excuse for fly-tipping, please help us stop it”.

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