THE ISLE of Wight Council has labelled the latest case of fly-tipping as “environmental vandalism”, after fridges and freezers were dumped in a lay-by near at Adgestone, near Brading.

On February 5, it was revealed a number of items had been fly-tipped on protected and conserved land off Brading Downs Road.

Now, weeks later, yet more appliances have been dumped - this time in a lay-by near Upper Adgestone Road, close to Bully’s Hill.

Natasha Dix, the Isle of Wight Council’s service director for waste, environment, and planning, said: "It is disappointing to see yet another case of fly tipping.

Isle of Wight County Press:

“There is absolutely no excuse for it, and it amounts to environmental vandalism.

“It blights neighbourhoods and the countryside, is a threat to local wildlife and livestock, is a source of pollution, and a danger to public health.

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“It is unacceptable, and a continued unnecessary burden on taxpayers and the local community.

“If you recognise any of these appliances, and paid a private waste carrier to collect them, please contact the council to report this. 

“We would like to remind people that fly-tipping can be classed as anything from one bag of household rubbish to several van loads of construction material.

Isle of Wight County Press:

“If it is dumped on land that does not have a licence to accept waste, it is fly-tipping and it is illegal.

“Anyone caught fly-tipping could be ordered to pay a £200 fixed penalty notice, or the case can be taken to court, where they face an unlimited fine or even imprisonment.

“Residents can check whether a company has a waste carriers’ licence on the Environment Agency website.

“We know the Island has one of the lowest rates of fly-tipping in the South East, but we need the public's help to keep it that way.

“One important way to do this is to make sure, when using a waste company to remove waste from your property, that they are a registered and licensed waste carrier." 

The site where the appliances have been dumped is part of a designated national landscape - land that used to be known as an area of outstanding natural beauty.