LANDOWNERS are being encouraged to report fly-tippers so the police can measure the scale of the problem.
The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) said the illegal practice increases in rural areas over any holiday period, especially Christmas when households generate more waste than usual and the days are shorter and darker.
CLA South East Regional Director Robin Edwards said: ‘Waste dumped illegally can contaminate land and rivers and threaten livestock and wildlife. If caught, fly-tippers could receive a custodial sentence and be fined up to £50,000. In reality, it is the private landowner who is left to settle a large clean-up bill and face prosecution.
‘The CLA is lobbying government to create a new ticketing scheme that would enable landowners to take fly-tipped rubbish to their local tip free of charge.’