Fly-tipping statistics for Stroud have been revealed.
According to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), 1,157 incidents were reported in 2021/22, compared to 1,662 the previous year.
In the wake of government findings, a rural insurance specialist is calling on landowners to double down on their efforts to keep environmental criminals at bay in a bid to maintain the positive trend.
A total of 49,883 fly-tipping incidents were recorded across the region in 2021/22. This was down from 55,162 in the previous year.
William McCarter, of rural insurance broker, Lycetts, said: “The figures are very encouraging, but it is important that landowners continue to remain vigilant if the downward trajectory is to continue.
“Making it difficult for environmental criminals to access land is one of the most effective preventative measures you can take.
“Gates should be locked when not in use, fences should be in a good state of repair and hedges should be cut back to allow good visibility for property owners.
“Fly-tippers tend to operate under cover of darkness, so exterior lighting should be installed, if possible. Security cameras can also be an effective deterrent, and can help secure successful prosecutions.”
As well as posing significant and environmental health risks, fly-tipping can be a legal and financial burden.
While local authorities will pay the clean-up costs of clearing waste from public land, farmers and other landowners have responsibility for cleaning and removing waste from private land.
With 338 incidents of agricultural fly-tipping in the region, and with clean-up costs averaging £1,000, and large-scale incidents costing £10,000, it can be an expensive business.
Failure to comply can result in prosecution.
McCarter advised a combined farm insurance policy, which covers the clean-up costs, typically capped between £10,000 and £15,000 for the insurance period.