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Forestry Commission urges local residents to dispose waste safely

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Thousands of pounds are being spent cleaning up the New Forest, after continuous reports of fly-tipping have been lodged. In the past eight weeks, the Forestry Commission has received more than 80 reported incidents of irresponsible rubbish dumping costing the organisation over £11,000. 

Many of these fly-tips have been general household waste with some classified as hazardous, including fridges/freezers, televisions and car tyres. As a result, the Forestry Commission is working closely with the New Forest District Council to combat fly-tipping by warning residents of the consequences and problems caused by illegal waste dumping.

Gary North, Recreation Manager at the Forestry Commission, said:

“With the recent peak in the number of fly-tipping reports, the Forestry Commission is being forced to spend time and resources on clearing and collection rather than investing in conservation activities in the New Forest. Not only is fly-tipping unsightly in such an area of natural beauty, but it’s having to be resolved at the tax payers’ expense.

“We are urging people to dispose of their rubbish appropriately and safely to avoid impacting local habitats and wildlife and the risk of prosecution.”

Residents can help to combat fly-tipping by taking rubbish to their local Household Waste Recycling Centre or using the New Forest District Council’s bulky waste collection service for large items.

Councillor Edward Heron, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, New Forest District Council, explained:

“The New Forest District Council spends approximately £60,000 a year of tax-payer’s money clearing up an average of 800 fly-tipping incidents in towns and villages. Residents should be aware that if caught they could be prosecuted and even those who agree to let unregistered waste carriers dispose of their rubbish could see themselves in the firing line.

“There are simple steps that people can take to avoid having to illegally dump their waste. Always ensure collection services are carried out by a registered waste carrier and that you record the licence number of the person taking away your waste. Alternatively, our Household Waste Recycling Centres are open free of charge to all residents and staff will be on hand to direct you to the relevant bin if you are unsure.” 

Anyone who witnesses somebody fly-tipping should gain as many details as possible about the incident and report it to the police by calling 101 or contacting the New Forest District Council through its new mobile phone app, ‘In Touch’.

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Notes to Editor

  1. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for forestry in Great Britain. It supports woodland owners with grants; tree felling licences, regulation and advice; promotes the benefits of forests and forestry; and advises Government on forestry policy. It manages more than a million hectares (2.5 million acres) of national forest land for public benefits such as sustainable timber production, public recreation, nature conservation, and rural and community development. For more information, visit

  2. Media contacts Paula Quigley or Hannah Keddie at Grayling PR, tel 02380 382970 or email or

    Libby Burke at the Forestry Commission on 02380 286832.