Magazine article Geographical

Driving Away Our Abandoned Cars. (Do Your Bit)

Magazine article Geographical

Driving Away Our Abandoned Cars. (Do Your Bit)

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UK An initiative to combat the problem of dumped vehicles and fly-tipping in the British countryside has been established by a RGS-IBG Fellow who has decided to `do his bit'. Tired of seeing cars left to rot for years on end, mainly due to a lack of local authorities' financial resources to remove them, adventurer Mac Mackenney formed EcoSalvage, a recovery and clean-up outfit which aims to dispose of these hazardous eyesores in an environmentally friendly way.

He is optimistic that it will make a dent in what is dearly a huge and growing problem. "Government figures state that 350,000 cars were dumped in 2000. Even if the actual figure is just one per cent of that, it would still mean 3,500 cars were dumped, many of which are likely to be out there for a long time, as it stands to reason that most are dumped where they won't easily be found," said Mackenney.

And it's not just cars that are the problem. Last year an estimated 600,000 tonnes of waste were illegally dumped on agricultural land. …

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