The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) is calling on local councils to reopen recycling centres as incidences of fly-tipping are spiralling out of control, becoming a serious threat to animals and the countryside.
UFU deputy president Victor Chestnutt said: “We’re seeing a huge increase in fly-tipping incidences in rural areas as the general public struggle to deal with excess household and garden waste since coronavirus restrictions were introduced. While we welcome guidance issued by the DAERA Minister Edwin Poots regarding the reopening of household recycling centres, it’s vital that local councils start putting measures in place so that these centres can resume business in a safe manner as soon as possible.
“In recent weeks numerous farmers have discovered the disposal of waste on their land and action needs to be taken to tackle the issue. It’s unfair that many of our members have had to endure the irresponsible behaviour of others. Their decision to dispose of waste so carelessly can cause serious issues for farm businesses due to the danger it poses.”
In the past the incorrect disposal of waste has polluted watercourses and contaminated land. It is not only a hazard to public health and the environment but can also be harmful to wildlife and animals.
The UFU will be contacting political parties and councils urging them to reopen recycling centres to help tackle this problem which is continuing to escalate.