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Farmers join fly-tipping campaign

Fly-tipping poster
The poster will be put up by farmers across the county

A campaign that has seen a 14% drop in fly-tipping incidents across Derbyshire is getting farmers to join its ranks.

The Derbyshire Fly-Tipping Project, which started in September 2007, has put together a poster that will be distributed to 2,000 landowners.

The posters warn against the penalties of fly-tipping and will also be put up in 79 petrol stations across the county, the Environment Agency said.

Local authorities will also be asked to distribute the posters.

Covert surveillance

Derbyshire farmer Tracey Langton said: "We suffer from all sorts of rubbish being thrown on our land, from mattresses to fridge freezers and even a dead dog in a plastic bag."

Paul Slater, project manager from the Environment Agency, said: "We recognise the impact fly-tipping has on farmers and the costs and inconvenience it causes them.

"We hope the signs will deter fly-tippers by making them aware that their chances of getting caught are increasing and also encourage members of the public to report any fly-tipping they see."

As well as the posters, covert surveillance will be set up at fly-tipping hot spots.


SEE ALSO
Fly-tipping drops after crackdown
20 Sep 08 |  Derbyshire
Fly-tipping falls after crackdown
22 Jul 08 |  Derbyshire

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